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May 31
PRESS RELEASE: City of Boston Announces New Board of Health Appointments

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced two appointments to Boston's Board of Health, the governing board of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).  Francis (Frank) J. Doyle, Esq. has been appointed to Chair the Board. Additionally, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, will be appointed to a third term on the Board of Health.

"I am proud to welcome Frank Doyle and Dr. Betancourt to the Board of Health, both experienced healthcare leaders who are committed to improving the lives and well-being of our residents," said Mayor Walsh. "The Board of Health has the important role of serving as the governing body of the Boston Public Health Commission, and I am confident that both Frank and Dr. Betancourt will perform this task with excellence."

Doyle, an attorney, is the Executive Director of Boston HealthNet Inc. (BHN), an integrated health care delivery system comprised of fourteen community health centers, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University School of Medicine.  Since BHN's inception in 1995, Doyle has formed a wide variety of collaborations to implement cutting edge clinical initiatives, business opportunities, and health information technology that helps provide high quality health care services to vulnerable populations in Boston.  Previously, Doyle was a key member of the team that merged Boston City Hospital with University Hospital to create Boston Medical Center and BPHC.  Prior to his 20-year career in health care administration, Doyle served as the Director of the Boston Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and as United States Attaché to the Holy See in Rome.

 "With so many of Mayor Walsh's important and heartfelt initiatives focused on public health issues, I am delighted he asked me to Chair the Board," said Doyle.  "I look forward to working closely with Executive Director Valdes Lupi, her staff, and my fellow board members to ensure the success of the Commission's work, its alignment with neighborhood needs, and continued improvement in the health of Boston residents."

Dr. Joseph Betancourt is the Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His career has focused on addressing racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, cross-cultural medicine, minority recruitment into the health professions, and minority health and health policy research.  Dr. Betancourt has also played an integral role in investigations and projects from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  

"We are fortunate to have had such talented and strong leadership on the Board of Health throughout its nearly twenty-year history," said BPHC Executive Director Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH.  "We welcome these two exceptional leaders to serve on the Board, and my leadership team and I look forward to working collaboratively with this re-energized group to carry forward an exciting next phase of our work together."

About the Boston Public Health Commission 

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country's oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission's more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services.


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