Alexander-Scott Named President-Elect of National Organization of State Health Directors
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Rhode Island Department of Health director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, has been named President-Elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).
“I was both humbled and honored to be elected President-Elect of ASTHO. State health directors from across the country made this decision after looking at the tremendous successes brought about in Rhode Island by the 480 individuals that I am honored to call colleagues at RIDOH. Our focus at RIDOH is ensuring that every person and community in Rhode Island has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, level of education, level of income, or insurance status. As President-Elect of ASTHO, I will be partnering with the top public health officials in the nation whose expertise will help us make this vision a reality,” said Alexander-Scott.
ASTHO is made up of the chief health official in each U.S. state and territory. Dr. Alexander-Scott will spend a year working with the current President to help steer the organization before assuming the role of President in September of 2018.
Dr. Alexander-Scott has been the Director of Health at RIDOH since April 2015. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Adult Infectious Diseases.
Under Dr. Alexander-Scott’s leadership, RIDOH is working to ensure that every person and community has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible by addressing the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health.
Poverty, employment opportunities, accessible transportation, education, discrimination, access to healthy food, and access to housing that is free of toxins and other environmental hazards are examples of these underlying determinants of health, which research indicates impact approximately 80% of an individual’s health outcomes.
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Russell Carey - A name few outside of Brown’s campus know, but Carey is the power source at the Providence Ivy League institution.
Today, his title is Executive Vice President and he has had almost every title at Brown short of President. Carey is a 1991 graduate of Brown and has never left College Hill.
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Ronald Machtley - Bryant University's President rightfully deserves to be on a lot of lists, but what few understand is that Machtley’s influence extends far beyond Bryant’s campus in Smithfield. Machtley could make this list as a business leader or as a political force as much as for education.
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Larry Purtill - While Bob Walsh gets the face time as the Executive Director in the media for the NEA of Rhode Island, NEARI President Purtill tends to be the inside man who gets things done.
The teachers' largest union is formidable, but is still reeling from the beat down it took when Gina Raimondo’s pension reform cut the benefits of teachers disproportionately over other employee groups.
Make no mistake about it - not much happens in education in Rhode Island without Purtill's sign-off.
Mim Runey - While Rhode Islanders wait, and wait some more, for development on the 195 land, Johnson and Wale's University's Runey is watching it come to fruition, as JWU is set to open the first completed building on the former Interstate on September 1, when it will host a ribbon cutting for its John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation.
Under Runey, JWU continues to establish its foothold as one of the country's top schools for culinary training. Now Runey will oversee the addition of the new building on the old 195 which will house the university's School of Engineering and Design and its biology program.
In 2015, students from the School of Engineering & Design participated in the construction of the Holocaust Memorial on South Main Street, a collaboration between the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Rhode Island.
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Weber Shill - He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of University Orthopedics, or in other words, dozens and dozens of oh-so-confident docs.
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Timothy Babineau - President and CEO of Lifespan, Rhode Island's biggest healthcare organization, where financial challenges make the job that much more complicated.
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