Dr. Amy Acton returning to Youngstown for presentation at JCC
Former director of the Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton will make a stop in her hometown for an event this weekend.
Dr. Acton will speak from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown Sunday.
The event is sold out.
The theme of her presentation is "The Leader We Wish We All Had is YOU," and will discuss leadership and lessons learned during her tenure as director of the Ohio Department of Health, as a cabinet member for Governor Mike DeWine during the coronavirus pandemic, and as a Jewish woman.
Acton was born and raised on Youngstown's north side and graduated from Liberty High School and Youngstown State University.
Dr. Acton served as the director of the Ohio Department of Health from February 2019 to June 2020. She was the first woman to lead the ODH.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Acton advised Governor Mike DeWine to close schools and limit the gathering of people to slow the spread of the virus.
Ohio was also the first state to temporarily close restaurants and bars.
She resigned as ODH director on June 11, 2020, and served as a health advisor to Governor DeWine until August of that year.
Following her departure from DeWine's administration, Acton considered a run for U.S. Senate and was named CEO of RAPID 5, an organization to improve park access in Franklin County.
She was also named USA Today's Ohio Honoree for Women of the Year.