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Board of Health

Three residents, who must be registered voters, are elected to 3-year staggered terms. The Board is charged with protecting and preserving the health and well- being of the public. The board appoints a Director of Public Health. The Board makes regulations related to Public health concerns such as sanitation, food safety in establishments, camp safety, clean air and smoking. The Board meets monthly and at other times as required.

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    Marcia Testa Simonson

Biographical Information

Why are you running for this office? What are your top priorities?

Candidate for Re-Election
Relevant Experience Wellesley BOH since 2005, MPH, PhD in Epidemiology & Public Health (Yale), Harvard Faculty,1987-pres
As a current Board of Health (BOH) member, I have great respect for the knowledgeable, caring, and hardworking Health Department staff, especially in this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since receiving my MPH and PhD in public health, I have spent forty years in teaching, research, and practice. I would be proud to be part of Wellesley's public health team by volunteering my expertise and experience. My top priorities include: • Strengthening the capability and capacity of the BOH. • Environmental protection. • Mental and behavioral health. • Improving the quality of life. By prioritizing collaborative partnerships with all Town volunteer boards and committees, local businesses, and organizations, I can most effectively ensure our community's health, security, and safety.