NKY Health Announces New District Director

FLORENCE, Ky. – Wednesday night, September 14, the Northern Kentucky Health Department appointed Jennifer Mooney, PhD, MS, as its new District Director of Health. Dr. Mooney will begin in her new position October 31, 2022.  

 Dr. Mooney has served as the Assistant Health Commissioner for Hamilton County General Health District since 2019, overseeing the Community Health Services Department. She previously held leadership roles within the Cincinnati Health Department from 2011 until 2019. Dr. Mooney also has a long history in academia including ten years of behavioral science research and teaching at the University of Kentucky. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science in Corrections and Juvenile Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

 Dr. Mooney brings skills and experience in numerous areas of public health including epidemiology, children’s health issues, harm reduction and drug addiction, population health, disease prevention and reproductive health. She has served on numerous advisory boards and steering committees with community partners to address ongoing health concerns. Dr. Mooney is a Kentucky native and excited about the opportunity to continue her public health career in Northern Kentucky.

 “NKY Health is fortunate to have someone with the skills and background of Dr. Mooney joining our team and we look forward to her leadership as we continue to address public health needs and goals for our community” said Steve Divine, Interim District Director of Health. “We have been looking for the right individual for over a year and believe we have found that person in Dr. Mooney.”


The Northern Kentucky Health Department provides high-quality public health services to more than 420,000 residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, with a goal of preventing disease, promoting wellness and protecting against health threats. The Health Department seeks to be a nationwide leader in public health, and was one of the first in the country to earn national public health accreditation. For more information, visit