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Press Releases - 7/16/07

Contact Becky Wexler
(301) 652-1558

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2007)

Robert M. “Bobby” Pestronk, Health Officer for Genesee County, Michigan and Director of the Genesee County Health Department formally assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) at the Association’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

“We can be the healthiest nation on earth,” says Mr. Pestronk, “This will require more than simply changing our medical care system.”

A nationally respected voice for public health, Mr. Pestronk is a Primary Care Policy Fellow through the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and was a member of the Institute of Medicine Public Health Roundtable and the National Advisory Committee for Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century of Pubic Health.He trained as a scholar at the Public Health Leadership Institute, and served as the President of the Public Health Leadership Society’s Council. He was the first President of the Public Health Law Association.

“The governmental public health enterprise offers practical, ethical, equitable, consumer-oriented, value-based models to suggest how our health system can be reoriented thereby assuring a floor of decency for all of America’s residents,” Pestronk notes.

Mr. Pestronk has served as Genesee County’s health officer for 21 years. During that time, in partnership with local residents and other human services programs, his goal has been to protect, promote, and improve the quality of life for the County’s 426,000 residents. He is a Past-President of the Michigan Health Officers Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association for Local Public Health and of NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association.

Mr. Pestronk earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received both the John H. Romani Outstanding Alumnus and the Distinguished Alumnus Awards from his alma mater.

NACCHO is the national organization representing the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. These agencies work every day on the front lines to protect and promote the health of their communities. NACCHO develops resources and programs and promotes national policies that support effective local public health practice.



Becky Wexler
(301) 652-1558