The Commissioners of the County of Dukes County established the position of Associate Commissioner for Public Health in recognition of the important role that ensuring the health, wellness, and safety of its residents and visitors plays in sustaining our vibrant island communities. This broad mission encompasses several core beliefs:
·Wellness promotion and disease prevention support healthy communities.
·Healthy environments sustain healthy communities.
·Safe behaviors create healthy environments.
·Knowledge empowers individuals and their communities.
·Being prepared for the unexpected ensures safer outcomes.
·Communities are responsible for the health and well being of all their
inhabitants and guests.
Building a healthier and safer County requires the coordinated and continued efforts of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and institutions, all of which are committed to enhancing the health of our community.
Dr. Ilene J. Klein, the first Associate Commissioner for Public Health and founding Chair of the County's Public Health Committee, was appointed in March of 2005. After Dr. Klein left the position several other people assumed the role and furthered her efforts.