Dr. Cristina Bailey Becomes the First Director of Health, Education, and Human Services at Henry Ford College

Dr. Cristina Bailey has been appointed the inaugural director of Health, Education, and Human Services, a new department in the Henry Ford College (HFC) School of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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Dr. Cristina Bailey // Photo courtesy of Henry Ford College

Dr. Cristina Bailey has been appointed the inaugural director of Health, Education, and Human Services, a new department in the Henry Ford College (HFC) School of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“I’m excited for this new position because it gives me the opportunity to work closely with students and faculty in many HHS programs,” says Bailey. “I see so many possibilities in this new position. In the rapidly evolving fields of health and education, it is challenging to keep an updated curriculum that will serve students and our community now and in the future.”

One of her primary duties will include working with HHS faculty to create new courses and programs. Bailey will report to HHS Dean Dr. Cyndi Scheuer.

“Dr. Bailey is an incredible asset to HFC, and we are so glad to have her as a part of the HHS team,” says Scheuer. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in healthcare, curriculum development, and leadership. HHS is looking forward to the new directions we can grow with Dr. Bailey as part of the team.”

Bailey joined HFC in 2019 as director of academic services, reporting to HFC Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Nealon. She has also taught anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology classes at HFC.

Born in Argentina, Bailey, who speaks fluent English and Spanish and conversational French and German, immigrated to the United States in the late 1990s and lives in Canton Township. She is the mother of three adult children.

Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in pre-med and biology from the National University of the Northeast in Argentina. She earned her M.D. at UNNE and completed her residency in general surgery and oncology at Vidal Hospital in Argentina. Bailey was a practicing physician for more than 10 years.

After her arrival in the U.S., Bailey earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Michigan University. She earned a certificate of teaching in higher education from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Bailey also earned an Advanced Yoga Certificate (RYT-500) in yoga in health care from Corewell Health and is a certified yoga instructor through the American Yoga Academy. She is also a registered clinical physiologist.