What we do
The Board of Health approves and promotes the health regulations of the Department of Public Health. These regulations establish standards to control public health hazards and protect the health of Philadelphians.
Board members review advances in public health so regulations reflect best practices.
The board includes the Health Commissioner, who serves as President, and seven mayoral appointees. Three of the members must be physicians, one of whom must have a Doctor or Master of Public Health degree. Another must be a dentist with a Doctor or Master of Public Health degree.
Feb13EventBoard of Health meeting5:30 pm to 7:00 pmPhiladelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Room 1450, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
Board of Health meetingFebruary 13, 20205:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hoursPhiladelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Room 1450, Philadelphia, PA 19102map
Mar12EventBoard of Health meeting5:30 pm to 7:00 pmPhiladelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Room 1450, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
Board of Health meetingMarch 12, 20205:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
Apr9EventBoard of Health meeting5:30 pm to 7:00 pmEvent
Board of Health meetingApril 9, 20205:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician trained in pediatrics and epidemiology who has worked in a variety of roles in public health. In 2015, Farley was the CEO of The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit organization that uses messages in the mass media to combat the nation’s greatest health problems. From 2009 to 2014, Farley was the health commissioner for New York City. Before joining the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Agency, Farley was chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He served in the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and worked for the CDC and the Louisiana Office of Public Health from 1989 to 2000.(215) 686-2500
Tyra Bryant-Stephens, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician in clinical primary care practice for 29 years. In 1997 she founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an asthma program that utilizes community health workers and residents to implement asthma interventions in underserved, poorly-resourced, inner-city communities. She coordinates asthma care education annually for 40+ primary care physicians in the CHOP CARE network which serves approximately 40,000 inner-city patients with over 100,000 patient visits each year.
Ana Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology and Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan.
Marla Gold, M.D., is Dean Emerita and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University. Dr. Gold has dedicated her career to understanding and creating integrated systems of health care delivery, issues of public health infrastructure, and health administration and leadership. In the early 1990s, she served as Philadelphia’s Assistant Health Commissioner for Infectious Disease Control in the Public Health Department, where she was responsible for all reportable and communicable diseases and conditions.
Jennifer Ibrahim, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Public Health at Temple University. She is an accomplished teacher and maintains a funded research agenda in the area of health policy, including work on legal infrastructure, the dynamic relationship between public health lawyers and practitioners, and work on tobacco control policymaking.
Amid I. Ismail, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., M.B.A., is the Laura H. Carnell Professor and Dean of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. He has extensive public health, academic, research, and community organization experiences. He has Master and Doctorate degrees in Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
A. Scott McNeal, D.O., is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. Board certified in family practice, Dr. McNeal earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Eastern Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, among others.
John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor at the Drexel Dornsife University School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Center for Nonviolence and Justice. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Rich served as the Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission where he led Boston’s initiatives on men’s health, cancer, cardiovascular health, and health disparities. A primary care physician, Dr. Rich earned his M.D. from Duke University and his M.P.H. from Harvard.