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  • Chantell Harmon Reed

    Director of Public Health and Health Officer

    New leadership taking shape at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

    Director of Public Health

    Chantell Harmon Reed, a doctoral candidate in public health at Tulane University, is our director of public health.

    An energetic and visionary leader, Reed’s diverse background includes roles in public health, healthcare administration and compliance.

    As the deputy director of the Public Health Division of the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon, Reed supported COVID-19 recovery efforts, infrastructure improvements and achieving accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. 

    Throughout her career, Reed has helped to close disparity gaps through centering social determinants of health. She honed this approach through various roles with Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) of Greater New Orleans.

    She also improved operational efficiency in behavioral health care initiatives at JeffCare Community Clinics, a Medicare Certified Federally Qualified Health Center. Her work has improved maternal and infant mortality rates and enhanced the doula workforce.

    Reed is committed to community service and has served on many committees and boards, including the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education, and the Oregon Public Health Association. Reed has a bachelor’s in business from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas, and a master’s in healthcare management from the University of New Orleans.

    Health Officer

    Anthony L-T Chen remains in a Director of Health Emeritus role to provide Health Officer services. Chen has served on state and national public health committees; regional planning bodies; local, state, and congressional district committees on healthcare access and reform; and several nonprofit boards.

    One of Reed’s first job responsibilities will be to complete the final steps to select the next Health Officer for the Health Department.

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