Joshua Swift became Forsyth County Public Health Director on November 13, 2018. He has more than 14 years of experience in public health. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion, and received his Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health

In addition to serving in Forsyth County, Swift has also been the Health Director in Caldwell County, the Deputy Public Health Director for New Hanover County, the Public Health Director for Stokes County, the Health Promotion Coordinator and Public Information Officer for the Wilkes County Health Department and the Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator for the Iredell County health department.

Swift serves on local and State organizations and is the past President of the North Carolina Public Health Association. Under his leadership, his goal has been to help improve the health of all Forsyth County residents by working with other community-based agencies and organizations in the county, with an emphasis on social determinants of health.

Swift and his wife, Amanda Swift, have been married for more than 17 years and have two children. Amanda serves as the Program Supervisor for the Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem program, which is part of the NC Court System.