Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness

Dr. Sarah Moyer

As the Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), Dr. Sarah Moyer believes engaging all parts of the community to implement bold, innovative ideas will lead to improved health outcomes for everyone.

She leads a team of 275 employees at LMPHW where values such as quality, innovation, collaboration, integrity and grit are championed and the department’s vision of creating a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives is shared by all.

Dr. Moyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences where she helps educate and inspire the next generation of public health leaders and professionals. She is a board-certified family physician.

Dr. Moyer is a well-respected and much sought-after leader in public health. She’s a convener who has brought together hundreds of partners across all sectors of the community to ensure the city’s COVID-19 response provided testing, safe isolation and quarantine locations, essential needs and vaccines to all residents of the community, but particularly those most likely to bear a greater burden of disease and death. Dr. Moyer oversaw the investment of $23M of CARES Act funding and over $11M of American Rescue Plan funding during the Covid-19 response and her leadership ensured that Louisville saw fewer health inequities than comparable cities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Moyer also convened community partners to reduce infant mortality rates, establish Kentucky’s first syringe services program, and pass a comprehensive smoke-free tobacco ordinance.

Dr. Moyer implemented a transformational modernization of the department, led the department in achieving national accreditation and established LMPHW as an Academic Health Department.

Under Dr. Moyer’s leadership, LMPHW conducted several Health Impact Assessments which positively impacted health policy including implementing paid family leave for local government employees, protecting pregnant worker’s health, increasing access to expungement and increasing childcare assistance program funding. She also oversaw the department’s publication of Healthy Louisville 2025, a five-year plan and roadmap to a healthier community.

In 2022, the American Heart Association presented Dr. Moyer with the Live Fierce. Stand for All award in honor of her work to create meaningful change and positively impact equitable health throughout Kentucky. In 2020, Louisville earned a Gold medal from CityHealth as a result of policies championed by Dr. Moyer and LMPHW was included in the American Public Health Association’s Thought Leaders Film Series. Dr Moyer was named one of the 40 Under 40 national leaders in public health by the de Beaumont Foundation in 2019. In 2018, she was the recipient of the MediStar Healthcare Advocacy Award and the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Trailblazer award.

Dr. Moyer earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and received the Temple Alumni Award in 2020. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and earned a Master’s in Public Health with honors from Dartmouth. She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado College.

She is married to Dr. Jed Moyer, a pediatric orthopedic physician with Norton Healthcare. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and their four children, playing in nature and exploring Louisville’s amazing parks and playgrounds.

See Dr. Moyer's full curriculum vitae.

Read how LMPHW and other organizations are collaborating to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Louisville.

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