Mass in Motion-Martha’s Vineyard
Dukes County Health Council
Contact: Peg Regan, Program Director MiM-MV
work 508 696-3843
Commissioner John Auerbach of the MA Department of Health will tour Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, May 11, 2012 to see the results of the Mass in Motion - Martha’s Vineyard Grant of $60,000 per year for Dukes County. With this grant, Martha’s Vineyard will work to improve access to healthy foods, to implement Safe Routes to Schools initiatives in each elementary school, and adopt Complete Streets policies so that pedestrians and bicyclist have shared-use of our roadways.
The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program supports communities in their efforts to address obesity through the implementation of policy, systems, and environmental strategies that will increase community access to healthy food options, tobacco-free living and active living opportunities. More information is available at www.mass.gov/massinmotion.
On Friday, May 11th, Commissioner Auerbach will speak at Grand Rounds at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, then tour many of the sites of locally-grown foods, road construction projects that promote safe pedestrian passage, meet with students at elementary schools, and conduct a Community Meeting at 2 p.m. in the Oak Bluffs Library Conference Room for any interested person from our community and media to attend.
Commissioner Auerbach was appointed Massachusetts's Commissioner of Public Health in April, 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Judyann Bigby. As Commissioner he heads a Department with 3,100 employees that includes four public health hospitals, the State Laboratory, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic units addressing chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, environmental health, tobacco control, children and adolescent health and emergency preparedness. He is the Chair of the Public Health Council, the State's health policy board. Mr. Auerbach received his BA from Clark University and his MBA with a concentration in health care administration from Boston University School of Management.