Illinois Director Of Health

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Who is the new director of Illinois Department of Public Health?

Dr. Sameer Vohra named next director of Illinois Department of Public Health Vohra, hailed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “next visionary leader,” will serve as the permanent replacement for Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who was a fixture on Illinois television screens during the pandemic. By Mitchell Armentrout

What is public health in Illinois?

With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois\' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering.

Who is the new director of IDPH?

Vohra is poised to take the IDPH reins from Dr. Amaal Tokars, who has served as interim director of the agency since mid-March following the departure of charismatic former director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

Who is IDPH’s new Chief Medical Executive Dr Vohra?

Vohra — who already serves on IDPH’s Illinois State Board of Health, the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council — was hailed by Pritzker as the agency’s “next visionary leader.” “Dr. Vohra is accomplished in every sense of the word.

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