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Welcome to the Michigan Department of Community Health
James K. Haveman
James K. Haveman brings a distinguished history of public service, human service management and volunteer work to his role as Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH).
Appointed to the post Sept. 1, 2012, Gov. Snyder has tapped Haveman to drive his aggressive health and wellness agenda forward - a critical piece for reinventing Michigan. Haveman, a Grand Rapids native, previously served as DCH director from 1996 to 2003 and Department of Mental Health Director from 1991 to 1996.
Haveman brings a wealth of experience and proven track record of innovation to DCH. In 2003, he was appointed by the White House as the Coalition Provisional Authority Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Health. He was Iraq's Acting Minister of Health for the first three months of his 11-month tenure. His efforts focused on helping a free Iraq to build a sustainable and equitable health care system.
Previously Haveman has served as Executive Director of Bethany Christian Services, the largest child welfare/adoption agency in the United States, Executive Director of the Kent County Community Mental Health Program and Executive Director of Project Rehab, a substance abuse program in Grand Rapids.
Haveman has received numerous awards, including the National Governors' Association Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Executives Without Borders and recently completed an eight-year term on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.
A social worker by training, Haveman is a 1966 graduate of Calvin College. He earned his master's degree in social work from Michigan State University. Jim and his wife, Barbara, reside in Grand Haven and have two married children and seven grandchildren.