Chief Public Health Officer
Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH
The Chief Public Health Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the city’s public health department, including public health planning, service delivery, and regulatory activities.
Public Health Nursing
Susan Breen, MS, RN, Senior Director of Public Health Nursing Services
The Public Health Nursing Program focuses on communicable disease prevention and control, including response to new health threats such as pandemic flu, SARS, and bioterrorism. Services include a tuberculosis program, annual flu clinics, disease investigation and follow up, and health education for residents, workers, and businesses.
Barbara Meade, MS, RN, Clinical Manager of the School Health Program
The School Health Program is dedicated to helping Cambridge public school students (grades K–12) stay healthy and in school so they can reach their academic potential. Services include school nursing, school nutrition, hearing and vision screening, and consultation to the city’s nonpublic schools.
Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, Interim Director of Community Health & Wellness Programs
The mission of Community Health & Wellness Programs is to promote and encourage healthy behaviors, develop public health policy, and identify opportunities for early intervention and disease prevention. Programs areas include children’s dental health, domestic violence prevention, healthy weight and physical activity, early childhood literacy, and substance abuse prevention.
Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health
The Environmental Health division aims to protect residents, workers, and students from environmental threats that can lead to poor health. Program areas include childhood asthma, lead poisoning, indoor air quality, mosquito-borne diseases, and hazardous materials and waste. The unit also enforces certain local and state public health regulations.
Garrrett Hair, MPH, MEP, Manager, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Regional Coordinator, Emergency Prepardness Region 4b
The Cambridge Public Health Department and other first responders lead the city’s public health disaster preparedness efforts. The Emergency Preparedness division is focused on health emergencies that could potentially harm many people, such as pandemic flu. The division is also responsible for preparing Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals and primary care sites for major emergencies, and coordinating preparedness activities for Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Region 4b.
Susan Kilroy-Ames, MPH
Director, Epidemiology and Data Services
The department’s Division of Epidemiology and Data Services monitors the health of the city of Cambridge by tracking disease and identifying emerging health issues. The division provides epidemiological, data management, and analysis support to all Cambridge Public Health Department divisions, as well as outside groups.