John M. Auerbach, MBA

President and CEO

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

John Auerbach is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), as of January 1, 2017. Previously, he was the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversaw the Office of the Associate Director for Policy which focuses on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation.

Prior to his appointment at CDC, he was a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014.

He was the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012.  Under his leadership the Department developed new and innovative programs to address racial and ethnic disparities, to promote wellness (including the Mass in Motion campaign), to combat chronic disease and to support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative. 

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for 9 years during which time health equity, emergency preparedness and tobacco prevention became priorities.  In addition to the city’s public health programs, he oversaw Emergency Medical Services, homeless services and substance abuse services for Boston.

He had previously worked at the State Health Department for a decade, first as the Chief of Staff and later as an Assistant Commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau during the early years of the epidemic.

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