Local public health director on state board of county health officials

Staff Reports Posted 1 June 2020 at 11:04 am

ALBION – Paul Pettit, Public Health director in Orleans and Genesee counties, will serve on the board of directors for the New York State Association of County Health Officials.

Pettit is a past president of NYSACHO, serving a term that started two years ago. NYSACHO was organized in 1979 and is a membership association representing the 58 local health departments in New York State.

The NYSACHO general membership meets monthly, providing a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experiences among local public health officials as well as with other federal, state and local partners. NYSACHO strengthens the provision of local public health programs and services.

Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, Public Health Director of Cattaraugus County, is the group’s new president. Watkins has been the Public Health Director for the Cattaraugus County since 2009. He previously served as a primary care physician, research scientist, public health physician, and director of a faith and health outreach association.

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