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Chief Public Health Officer Accepts Job at Boston University

July 5, 2006

Harold D. Cox, the city's chief public health officer since 1996, has accepted a position at the Boston University of School of Public Health.

Cox stepped down as director of the Cambridge Public Health Department on June 30.  He will begin work in September as associate dean for public health practice at the Boston University School of Public Health.

As chief public health officer, Cox was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the city's public health department, including public health planning, service delivery, and regulatory activities.

Cox and his staff developed numerous community health initiatives, including programs on children dental health, domestic violence prevention, and healthy weight.  Cox also helped establish the Agenda for Children, a citywide collaborative to improve family literacy and promote out-of-school activities.

After the emergence of West Nile virus in Massachusetts in 2000 and the anthrax scares in 2001, Cox became a strong advocate for regionalizing the delivery of local public health services. Cox was instrumental in strengthening the public health infrastructure of 27 towns and cities surrounding Boston. His regional model received national attention and funding.  Cox also united health departments in Greater Boston in the fight to pass smoke-free workplace legislation.

"The last 10 years have been a wonderful opportunity for me to grow and learn," Cox said. "I've had an impressive staff who greatly expanded the role of public health in Cambridge."

Karen Hacker, M.D., has been appointed the interim health director of the Cambridge Public Health Department.  Dr. Hacker will continue to serve as the executive director of the Cambridge-based Institute for Community Health.

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Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer
617-665-3833
sfeinberg@challiance.org


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