Type: Public event

Metro Detroit COVID-19 Policy and Health Update

Date & time

May 7, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.
Zoom event.

Join the Program in Practical Policy Engagement as we host Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield and Detroit Health Department Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair for a discussion and updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Metro Detroit and its residents.

More on our speakers:

Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield is a native Detroiter with a demonstrated track record of service and leadership in our community. Following in her father’s footsteps, Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, Mary was ordained as a minister and is very active in her ministry. Mary is privileged to stand on the shoulders of civil rights giants like her grandfather, Horace Sheffield Jr., founder of the Detroit Trade Union Labor Council (TULC), an important organization integral to ensuring the inclusion of African Americans in the UAW. As he was widely recognized and respected for his contributions to working and middle class families in Detroit, our nation, and throughout the world, she seeks to accomplish similar objectives, while making Detroit safer, cleaner and more economically competitive.


In November of 2013, Mary became the youngest person ever elected to the Detroit City Council at the age of 26. Elected to serve in District 5, Council Member Sheffield was appointed as Chair of the Neighborhood and Community Services Standing Committee and also serves as a member of the Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee. She also has been appointed to serve as a board member for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Continuum of Care. She also is a member of the National Network to Combat Gun Violence and People for the American Way’s Young Elected Officials. At the Council table, Council Member Sheffield has made a commitment to fight for the continued growth of our city and has remained steadfast in keeping our neighborhoods at the center of the conversation.


In Council Member Sheffield’s short time on the Detroit City Council, she has launched a number of initiatives designed to engage residents and offer a truly representative form of government to the residents of District 5. Some of her most groundbreaking initiatives include, but are not limited to, her monthly “Conversations with the Councilwoman” series, Occupy the Corner - Detroit, Neighborhood Angels Program, Homelessness Taskforce and monthly e-newsletter. Legislatively, Council Member Sheffield has sponsored an Inclusionary Housing ordinance and is set to sponsor ordinances for Citizen Code Enforcement and Home Repair Grant Funding. She is committed to building a “New Detroit” and attracting new residents/families but wants to also ensure the City remains committed to residents who stayed through the toughest of times.

Denise Fair, MPH, FACHE is the Chief Public Health Officer of the Detroit Health Department. Board certified in healthcare management from the American College of Healthcare Executives, Fair has over 12 years of leadership experience in regional management of ambulatory outpatient sites, financial management, strategic planning, project management, Lean/Six Sigma process improvement, physician relations, change management, consulting, and program planning and development. Previously, she served as a Group Practice Director for Henry Ford Health System where she oversaw three primary care clinics and Trinity Health System in a variety of managerial roles.

Fair holds leadership positions on the Executive Committee for the Livonia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has also represented the Board of Directors for the Michigan chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As a resident of Detroit and Michigan native, she enjoys competing in local and international marathons and mentoring young leaders. Fair obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently completing her Master of Business Administration in Finance at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.