Karen Hacker Takes Pittsburgh Experience to CDC

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation says farewell and thank you to Dr. Karen Hacker, who is taking her intensely local experience in Pittsburgh and Boston to the national level. 

Hacker joins the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the director of chronic disease prevention and health promotion this month. 

Since taking over the Allegheny County Health Department in 2013, Hacker modernized the operations, hiring enforcement staff as well as leaders with diverse, expansive expertise, and earning the department national accreditation. Under her leadership, enforcement hearings around industrial and environmental, pollution and housing and restaurant violations increased dramatically. Previously, Hacker taught at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health while directing a community research organization within the Cambridge Health Alliance.
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