Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH
Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge (Mass.) Public Health Department
Mr. Jacob has 18 years of experience in public health and has overseen operations of the Cambridge (Mass.) Public Health Department since 2007. Serving a population of 106,000 residents and hundreds of businesses, the Cambridge Public Health Department is operated by a regional safety net health care system through a contract with the city. During Mr. Jacob’s tenure as the city’s Chief Public Health Officer, he has overseen federally funded initiatives for addressing health disparities among men of color and reducing obesity in children and adults. A proponent of cross-jurisdictional sharing of resources, Mr. Jacob and his department lead a regional coalition to strengthen emergency response in 27 communities and participate in regional initiatives around tobacco use, opioid abuse, and childhood lead poisoning.
Mr. Jacob is the current President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and serves on the Board of Directors of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He is the past national chair of the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association. Mr. Jacob received training at the National Public Health Leadership Institute and completed the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leadership in Public Health. Mr. Jacob holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.