Cheryl Bartlett, RN was named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in June 2013. As Commissioner Ms. Bartlett chairs the newly appointed Prevention and Wellness Advisory Board, which oversees a $60 million Prevention Trust Fund – the first of its kind in the nation. Ms. Bartlett leads the Department’s implementation of the health care cost containment legislation, Chapter 224, and spearheaded a number of other health care quality improvement initiatives. Most recently she was responsible for development and implementation of regulations to support the use of medical marijuana. Ms. Bartlett is chair of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Advisory Committee and is a member of the Governor’s Food Policy Council. In her role as a leader in cancer prevention and control Ms. Bartlett has supported the efforts of the Pat Cronin Foundation promoting ovarian cancer awareness and education for women across the Commonwealth.

In previous roles, Ms. Bartlett was the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention where she provided strategic direction and oversight for Mass in Motion – the groundbreaking Patrick administration initiative to help Massachusetts residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work and play. She also served as the Massachusetts Chronic Disease Director for DPH at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ms. Bartlett has extensive experience as a registered nurse and hospital administrator implementing health system changes through quality assessment and improvement practices. She received national certification in four nursing specialties; cardiovascular, epidemiology, surveillance and infection control, dialysis and HIV/AIDS. She previously served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Lung Cancer Alliance of MA, and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

Prior to her service to the Department of Public Health Ms. Bartlett has had a long record of nonprofit management, serving as the founder and executive director (ED) of the Nantucket AIDS Network as well as ED for the Community Action Committee for the Cape and Islands and the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless (PACFH). At the PACFH she helped the organization develop strong fiscal management policies that have allowed the agency to provide services to needy families in the Greater Plymouth Area. She also provided leadership to the creation of the Children’s Holiday Fund, a merger of the Old Colony Memorial’s Christmas Fund and PACFH’s Children’s Holiday Program, providing Christmas gifts and food to hundreds of families each year.

Ms. Bartlett has held elected and appointed positions at the local level in several municipalities, including serving on the Nantucket Board of Selectman. She received her nursing training at Yale New Haven Hospital and Quinnipiac University and graduated summa cum laude from Stonehill College with a degree in health care administration. As part of a Massachusetts delegation, Ms. Bartlett has volunteered in the Pskov region of Russia implementing public health programs to increase education and awareness about reproductive health and to prevent developmental disabilities associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Nantucket Holidays for Heroes to support wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.