The Saginaw County Department of Public Health is hoping to change some views.

Christina Harrington (photo by Michael Percha)

Rebranding the department as the ‘Saginaw County Health Department’, Director and Health Officer Christina Harrington says the name is simply easier and quicker to say.  The change is seen as a way for patients, partners and the public to better understand the purpose of the group, and the passion they hold to protect the community’s health.

The department is also beginning a new partnership with Central Michigan University Health by bringing in Medical Director Najibah Rehman (M.D., M.P.H.). Harrington  says Dr. Rehman will split time with the department and the university, using her leadership to help patients in Saginaw County, while still giving CMU students valuable experience in public health.

Dr. Rehman (photo by Michael Percha)

Rehman was born in Bay City and raised in Midland. She says her religious community was based in Saginaw before going away to school in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Detroit. She says it was an easy choice to return to the area and has a positive outlook on joining the Saginaw County Health Department and the Saginaw community.