President’s Corner

Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, is the Chief Public Health Officer for the city of Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Jacob has over 20 years of experience in public health and has led the operations of the Cambridge Public Health Department since 2007. Serving a population of 107,000 residents and hundreds of businesses, the Cambridge Public Health Department is a city department administered by Cambridge Health Alliance, a regional health care delivery system. 

During Mr. Jacob’s tenure as Chief Public Health Officer, he has overseen federally funded initiatives for addressing health disparities among men of color and reducing obesity in children and adults. Under Mr. Jacob’s direction, the Cambridge Public Health Department is developing a model in which local government and the community are partners in improving health. This collaborative spirit is reflected in the department’s recently completed Community Health Improvement Plan, which has set the city’s health agenda through 2020.

Previous work experiences include serving as a senior health administrator at the Illinois Department of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, and Sinai Health System in Chicago.  

Mr. Jacob is passionate about workforce development, accreditation, quality improvement, and health equity.  Mr. Jacob also serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Foundation, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and the National Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. 

Mr. Jacob received training at the National Public Health Leadership Institute and completed the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leadership in Public Health. He received a master of public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

NACCHO President, Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH welcomes NACCHO Annual 2016 conference attendees.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Working Together to Improve Health Equity in Cambridge, Massachusetts 

The Foundation for the Public's Health – Faces of Public Health: Claude Jacob 

American Public Health Association - Careers in Health Administration

The Practical Playbook - Value of Working Together