Fellow for Life Claude-Alix Jacob is the Chief Public Health Officer for Cambridge, which has won an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health prize. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships helping people live healthier lives. Cambridge is one of six winners of the inaugural prize.
In a blog post about the prize, the RWJF noted:
Cambridge is home to the second-largest local health department in Massachusetts, but creating a healthier communityâ¦ takes a village. The health department is a part of Cambridge Health Alliance, a healthcare system with three hospital campuses and an extensive primary care network, giving it the unique ability to fully integrate the provision of public health with related community health efforts, according to Claude-Alix Jacob, the Chief Public Health Officer for the city. Jacob oversees the operations of the Cambridge Public Health Department.
“Our core functionsâgathering data, leveraging services, designing policies that workâallow us to not only be a part of the architecture of the Cambridge Health Alliance, but also to leverage resources with some of our partners, say with public safety, or emergency preparedness. So a lot of our planning efforts are tied into partnerships with the fire department and the police department. A lot of our activities on the wellness promotion side tie in with human services and community development.â