Lauren Smith Named Interim Director Of State Department of Public Health

This just in from the Patrick Administration:

BOSTON – Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby today announced Dr. Lauren Smith as Interim Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Dr. Smith has served as DPH medical director since 2007.

“As Medical Director, Dr. Smith has led the way on efforts to promote public health in our schools and address health disparities in our communities,” said Secretary Bigby. “She starts her role at a critical time, and I know she will exercise her leadership and passion for public health to guide the department forward.”

At DPH, Dr. Smith has spearheaded key Patrick-Murray Administration priorities, including Mass in Motion, a successful program that combats obesity and promotes healthy living across the Commonwealth. She coordinated the department’s response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak and directed efforts to prevent head injuries in student athletes. She has also led the way at DPH on promoting school nutrition and addressing health disparities for women and minorities. Continue reading