Allegheny County names new head of infectious disease programs

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Roderick L. Harris was named deputy director of community health promotion and disease prevention by the Allegheny County Health Department today.

Starting March 17, he will oversee the department’s programs covering chronic disease and injury prevention, dental, infectious disease, maternal and child health, pharmacy, sexually transmitted disease and HIV/AIDS, as well as the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food and nutrition program, the department said in a statement.

“With a strong background in community health, particularly in the areas of health equity and children’s and family health, Dr. Harris will play a critically important role in leading the Health Department’s efforts to achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities,” Health Director Karen Hacker said in a statement.

Dr. Harris worked most recently as director of the Children & Family Health Division and as director of the Center for Health Equity at the Sedgwick County Health Department in Wichita, Ks., according to the department’s release.

Previously, he worked for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health in Cleveland, the Cincinnati Health Department and in health, safety and environmental positions at Eastman Kodak, the company usually known simply as Kodak.

He has a doctor of public health degree in behavioral and community health sciences from the University of Pittsburgh; a master of science in public health in health services administration from Meharry Medical College in Nashville; and a bachelor of science in environmental health science from Ohio University.


Kaitlynn Riely: kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707.

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