Note from the Acting Commissioner: Three Areas Of Continued Focus

Dr. Dzirasa

As I complete week two in my new role, I wanted to give thanks for the outpouring of support from everyone at the Health Department, throughout the City, and throughout the community. Your well-wishes and thoughtful feedback about our work are well received and much appreciated.

In addition to a focus on enhanced technology and utilization of data driven measures to drive our programs, I’ve identified three clinical areas of continued focus for the agency: Youth Violence and Trauma Informed Care; Obesity Prevention and Treatment; and Overdose and Substance Use Disorder. I will continue to focus on and support all of our services, such as our guardianship programs, Ombudsman program, STD prevention and treatment, referral of residents to preventative services and school based health, just to name a few. All of the services provided by the health department play a vital role in the well being of City residents. 

I look forward to receiving full briefs from each program within the agency over the coming weeks and will review our current programs to see where we can expand our community partnerships and city-wide initiatives to make a difference in the lives of all City residents.

Thank you again for the encouragement and warm welcome!   

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