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Phiota becomes New Haven's 1st Latino Health Commissioner

Saturday, August 21, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alberto Elvira
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NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT- Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur and Dr. Hector Rivera, Jr., will soon begin their duties as the newest appointees to the City of New Haven Health Commission. Jackson-McArthur will be the first African American doctor to serve on the commission, while Rivera will be the first Latino commissioner.

The Health Commission, whose six members are appointed by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., assists the City’s Health Department in the development of policies that and practices aimed at educating and protecting residents around health issues in New Haven.  "It is extremely important that this body is representative of the City and the various needs of New Haven residents,” explained Bill Quinn, Director of the City of New Haven Health Department.  "Dr. Jackson-McArthur and Dr. Rivera are qualified and experienced professionals and I am confident that they will make positive contributions to the public health of our community.”
Dr. Jackson-McArthur, who grew up in New Haven, completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  After completing her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Jackson-McArthur returned to New Haven and has served as a pediatrician at the Hospital of St. Raphael’s for over 10 years.  "I am humbled by this appointment and I look forward to serving New Haven as a health commissioner by providing my medical expertise to help enact policy to ensure a healthy community,” said Jackson-McArthur.
Dr. Hector Rivera, of Puerto Rican decent, originally from Long Island, New York, completed his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.  Rivera is currently a fourth year resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. "My role as an emergency physician has exposed me to the various health problems that face New Haven residents,” said Rivera.  "I hope to bring a unique perspective to the commission.”
The City’s Health Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at 54 Meadow Street.

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