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Public Health Council members

Learn about the makeup of the Public Health Council (PHC).

The PHC consists of the Commissioner as Chairman and 14 members, 12 of whom are appointed by the Governor. The other 2 members, who must be non-providers, are appointed by the Secretary of Elder Affairs and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Current members

Name of Member Representing Statutory Requirements
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Chair
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Chairs Council by statute.
Claude Jacob
Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge
Massachusetts Public Health Association This seat is appointed by the Governor from 3 nominations submitted by the Massachusetts Public Health Association. The position must be held by a “non-provider.”
Harold Cox, MSSW
Associate Dean of Public Health Practice,
Boston University School of Public Health
Non-Public School of Public Health This seat is appointed by the Governor from among the heads of the non-public schools or programs in public health in the commonwealth or their nominees.
Edward Bernstein, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine,
Boston University School of Medicine
Non-Public School of Medicine This seat is appointed by the Governor from among the heads of the non-public schools of medicine in the commonwealth or their nominees.
Vacant Long Term Care Health Services Provider A health services provider appointed by the Governor who has expertise in long term care management.

Elizabeth Chen, PhD, MBA, MPH
Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs Appointed by the Secretary of Elder Affairs.
Alba Cruz-Davis, PhD, MPH Health Care for All This seat is appointed by the Governor from 3 nominations submitted by Health Care For All. The position must be held by a “non-provider.”
Lissette Blondet
Director, Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers
Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers This seat is appointed by the Governor from 3 nominations submitted by the Massachusetts Community Health Worker Network. The position must be held by a “non-provider.”
Michael Kneeland, MD
Associate Dean for Allied Health and Inter-professional Education,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMass Medical School Appointed by the Governor from among the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a list of 3 nominated by said chancellor.
Joanna Lambert Community/ Home Based Care Health Services Provider A health services provider with expertise in home or community-based care management; appointed by the Governor.
John Cunningham, PhD
Vice President, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations and Interim CEO, UMassOnline, University of Massachusetts System Office, Boston
UMass Public Health Appointed by the Governor from among the dean of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health or Health Sciences list of three nominees
Keith Hovan
President and CEO of Southcoast Health System
Acute Care Health Services Provider A health services provider with expertise in acute care hospital management; appointed by the Governor.

Michele David, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety - MIT Medical, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Primary Care Health Services Provider A health services provider with expertise in primary care medicine or public health nursing; appointed by Governor.
Cheryl Poppe
Acting Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Executive Office of Veterans’ Affairs Appointed by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs.
Kathleen Carey, PhD
Professor of Health Economics, Boston University School of Public Health
Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors Appointed by the governor from a list of 3 nominated by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.
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