Statement from MDCH Director James K. Haveman about the Passing of Public Health Leader Jean Chabut

Contact: Angela Minicuci 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Director James K. Haveman issued the following statement about Jean Chabut, former deputy director of the Public Health Administration at MDCH:

“The passing of Jean Chabut, former deputy director of the Public Health Administration within the Michigan Department of Community Health, is a loss not only to those who knew her personally, but to the many Michigan residents whose lives have been touched by her commitment to improving public health in Michigan 

“Jean served as the Michigan Department of Community Health Public Health Administration Deputy Director from 2003 to 2012 when she retired and in various roles with the Department prior to that.

“Jean was a champion of public health for Michigan residents for more than 30 years. She was an absolutely invaluable resource and trusted colleague within the Department as well as with many of our partners. Her keen understanding and passion for public health in Michigan served our residents well throughout her entire career and her passing is a loss to both the Michigan Department of Community Health family and entire the field of public health.

“Our sympathy extends from all at the Department to her husband, Hector, their children, her family, and to all who knew her.” 

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