Executive Director, Oklahoma City-County Health Department
Gary Cox, J.D. has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) since 2009.
Executive Director Cox received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa. He has previously served as an adjunct professor of environmental law and is presently serving as a visiting associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health. Before joining the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Cox worked as an environmentalist for the Tulsa Health Department, where he went on to serve as Legal Counsel before eventually serving as Director for more than a decade. He brings more than 35 years of public health experience to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and includes in his leadership accomplishments Past President to both the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He serves on the Executive Committees for various national, state and local public health efforts including the RWJF Futures Project, the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, and the Central Oklahoma Turning Point Council.
Executive Director Cox is a nationally respected leader in Public Health, recently testifying before Congress regarding the national challenges of childhood obesity. He has also served as a grant review panelist for the CDC and is a member of the Public Health Law Research National Advisory Committee Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Executive Director Cox has dedicated his career to improving health, raising the awareness about health issues across multiple sectors, and committing to developing and leverage private and public partnerships to improve community health outcomes. He is committed to a culture of continuous quality improvement and has consistently supported transparent and accountable governance in local health departmental activities, evidenced by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department designation as one of the first local health departments to pursue and achieve National Accreditation.