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Russ Kennedy – Deputy Director/Communications Director

As Deputy Director/Communications Director for the Office of Communications, Russ Kennedy leads the agency’s efforts to keep stakeholders informed about initiatives to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans, including through media relations, marketing communications, public awareness campaigns, social media, employee communications, graphic design, video production and internal and external websites.

Russ works collaboratively with other state health and human services agencies, including serving on multi-agency workgroups for state enterprise initiatives. He also helps manage and staff the Joint Information Center in the State Emergency Operations Center during public health emergencies.

Russ joined ODH in May 2014 after serving as Chief of Communications & Government Outreach for the Ohio Department of Aging for about a year. Before joining state government, Russ served in several communications positions at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus over a 26-year period, including 16 years as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs.

Last Updated: 5/10/2017