Cheryl Bartlett, RN was named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in June 2013. Throughout her career in public health and health care, Ms. Bartlett has been a voice for promoting positive change in health outcomes for Massachusetts residents. 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.
As former Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Bartlett led the Department’s implementation of the health care cost containment legislation known as Chapter 224 and spearheaded a number of other health care quality and performance improvement initiatives. Most recently she oversaw the workgroup charged with creating regulations to support the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and continues to provide leadership as those regulations are implemented. Ms. Bartlett also continues to chair the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Advisory Committee and is a member of the Governor’s Food Policy Council.
Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner, 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. Ms. Bartlett has also provided leadership for “Healthy Communities” initiatives in several regions across the state to address social determinants of health. She previously served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Lung Cancer Alliance of MA, and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.
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 disorder.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.