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Board of Health
Next Public Meeting of the Board of Health
Thursday, December 13
5:30 pm
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard, Room 1450

The Board of Health is a departmental board of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The board is composed of the Health Commissioner, who serves as President, and seven Mayoral appointees. Of these seven members, three must be physicians - one of them having a degree of Doctor or Master of Public Health - and one must be a dentist having a degree of Doctor or Master of Public Health.

The board is responsible for promulgating the health regulations of the Department of Public Health. These regulations establish public health standards for administration and practice that effectively control public health hazards and preserve and promote the health of the people of Philadelphia.

Board members review scientific, technical, and administrative advances in the field of public health to ensure that the City's health regulations reflect best possible practices.

Board of Health Members

Thomas Farley

Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, is Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.  Dr. Farley is a physician trained in pediatrics and epidemiology who has worked in a variety of roles in public health.  In 2015, he 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 Dr. Farley was the Health Commissioner for New York City.  In those years, he advocated for innovative public health policies, including making the city’s parks and beaches smoke-free, prohibiting price discounting of cigarettes, raising the legal sales age of tobacco to 21, capping the portion size of sugary drinks sold in restaurants at 16 ounces, and restricting the burning of air-polluting fuels to heat buildings. 

Before joining the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Agency, Dr. Farley was chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Trained as a pediatrician, 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. During that period, Dr. Farley directed programs to control various infectious diseases. He has conducted research and published articles on a wide range of topics, including Legionnaires' disease, prevention of HIV/STDs, infant mortality, and obesity.  

Dr. Farley is coauthor of Prescription for a Healthy Nation (Beacon Press) with RAND Senior Scientist Deborah Cohen and author of Saving Gotham, A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for 8 Million Lives (W.W. Norton).

Tyra Bryant-Stephens
Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, 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
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, 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 J. Gold
Marla Gold, MD, 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
Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, 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
Amid I. Ismail, BDS, MPH, DrPH, MBA, 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
A. Scott McNeal, DO, 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 Rich
John A. Rich, MD, MPH, 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 MD from Duke University, and his MPH from Harvard.

2018 Board of Health Meetings

Public meetings are held at 5:30 pm in Room 1450 of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Boulevard.

Thursday, May 10
Thursday, June 14
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Thursday, September 13
Thursday, October 11
Thursday, November 8
Thursday, December 13


Board Minutes


Board Regulations

Below is a historical record of all health regulations for the City of Philadelphia. Over time, some regulations have been amended, rescinded, or superseded. Therefore, the regulations are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent versions and changes listed first.

Environmental Health
Food Safety and Nutrition
Infectious Diseases
Medical and Dental Care