Mr. Joseph M. Harrington
Assistant Commissioner at Chicago Dept of Public Health
Mr. Joseph M. Harrington, Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health
Under the direction of the Commissioner of Public Health, he
is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and projects to reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic disease in the City of Chicago
Prior to this he was a Project Director in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
In this capacity, he
was responsible for oversight and management of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) funded Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) and the Women's Health Initiative.
Mr. Harrington was the Project Director for an international collaboration between the Walter Sisulu University ( South Africa ), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and the Section of Community and Social Medicine at Rush University Medical Center implementing a Community-Based Infrastructure Development Project.
The project targeted the rural poor living in the Mthatha ( Eastern Cape ) region of South Africa .
Mr. Harrington is a Fellow of the class of 1998-2000 of the International Center for Health Leadership Development and is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in Religion at Meadville Lombard Theological School . He serves on the Executive Committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, is a member of the Executive and Steering Committee of the Illinois Public Health Institute, and is a member of the Retention and Adherence Committee for Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial.
He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a member of the Illinois Stroke Task Force and serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Minority Health for the Illinois Department of Public Health.