A 30-year healthcare professional, Laurie Thomas is committed to helping individuals make and have access to healthy choices.
She currently serves as Program Manager for Healthy Aging for Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Laurie is passionate about aging issues such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias, caregivers, fall prevention, chronic disease, housing and emergency food and utilities.
Most recently, she has been assigned to the emergency COVID response team for the 7,500 individuals sheltered and unsheltered experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County and all those who are medically homebound.
Previously she managed healthcare issues at the state and county levels, educating about the risks of tobacco and nicotine use, the benefits of smoking cessation, keeping tobacco away from underage kids and promoting smoke-free indoor air.
Laurie also has a background in hospital administration in marketing, physician relations and community outreach. In addition to being published in scholarly journals, Laurie has served on several healthcare boards, coalitions, and workgroups.
Laurie earned a Master of Public Administration from Western International University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University.