Schuyler appointed to state association board

The New York State Association of County Health Officials announced recently the results of its 2021 election for board of directors.

NYSACHO represents all 58 of New York’s local health departments, serving as the collective voice of New York state’s local public health system. One of the two newly elected board members is Christine Schuyler, county Director of Health and Human Services.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve on the NYSACHO board with colleagues from across the state,” Schuyler said. “I feel that this is an opportune time for public health – something that has traditionally been quite invisible to most, is now front and center for all. We’ve been through so much in the last 15 months and now it’s time to help shape the future of local health departments, public health and human services for the betterment of the health and well-being of our communities.”

“I applaud Christine Schuyler on her recent appointment to the NYSACHO Board of Directors,” said County Executive PJ Wendel. “Her hard work and dedication has been pivotal on the local health front as she has helped our county through the COVID-19 pandemic, and implemented and raised awareness about the various health programs and services that are available to our residents. Her appointment is a great accomplishment and I know she will proudly represent Chautauqua County and the other communities across our State.”

Schuyler has more than 30 years of experience in various health and human service roles. She was appointed county public health director in 2008 and took on the additional responsibilities as Commissioner of Social Services in 2011. In recognition of the need to better address the social determinants of health, streamline services and effect systems changes, New York state’s only integrated Department of Health and Human Services was formed in 2012.

Notably, the second newly elected board member is Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health and Medical Director. Other counties represented on the Board are Cattaraugus, Essex, Genesee, Monroe, New York City, Onondaga, Orange, Orleans, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.


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