MPHA Board member Derek Brindisi, Director of Public Health for the City of Worcester and the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Public Health Council by Governor Deval Patrick.
The Public Health Council is responsible for the promulgation of most state public health regulations, approving Determination of Need (DoN) applications, advising the Department of Public Health on major policy decisions, and granting the public health commissioner authority to take necessary actions to protect the public health upon a declaration of a public health emergency by the Governor.
According to the law that created the Council, the Governor appoints one member from a list of nominations provided by MPHA. This seat was formerly held by Helen Caulton-Harris, Director of the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services. We thank Ms. Caulton-Harris for her many years of service, we offer our congratulations to Mr. Brindisi.
Mr. Brindisi recently co-chaired the Worcester Community Health Improvement Initiative which included a comprehensive Community Health Assessment and the launch of the Community Health Improvement Plan, a strategic plan with an overall vision of achieving the status of “Healthiest City in New England” by 2020. He also led the city’s regionalization efforts to develop the Central Mass Regional Public Health Alliance, which now serves the towns of Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, and West Boylston along with the City of Worcester. Mr. Brindisi has served as Worcester’s Director of Public Health since 2007 and has been employed with the City since 2000.