President Barack Obama appointed Herminia Palacio MD, MPH ’92 to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. She currently serves as the executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, a health department serving approximately 2 million people. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Dr. Palacio previously served as special policy advisor to the Director for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Prior to that, she served on the advisory committee of the CDC Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center at UC Berkeley, the CDC Advisory Committee to the Director, and the Institute of Medicines’ Committee on Prepositioned Medical Countermeasures for the Public.
Dr. Palacio was awarded the Excellence in Health Administration Award by the American Public Health Association in 2007.