After a lengthy and competitive search, Clackamas County has hired Philip Mason-Joyner as its new Public Health Director.
Mason-Joyner has been with Clackamas County’s Public Health Division for over eight years and has an exceptional track record in moving the division towards modern public health practice.
He previously worked in a variety of leadership roles at Multnomah County Health Department, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Benton County Health Department.
"As a resident of Clackamas County for over two decades, I am committed to the health and well-being of our residents,” said Mason-Joyner. “As Public Health Director, I will bring a person-centered approach to leading the division with a foundation that focuses on advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, and improving health outcomes.”
Mason-Joyner, who stepped into the role on June 15, is currently helping to lead the county through the local COVID-19 response and will continue to guide the Public Health Division as they move forward.
“Clackamas County can not only bounce back from the setbacks caused by the pandemic, but by using data and evidence-based practice, as well as engaging community members, we can build a more vibrant, equitable, and resilient place than before,” said Mason-Joyner.
As the Public Health Division continues to address the ongoing response to COVID-19, it is also responsible for a variety of services that focus on the prevention, promotion and protection of the community’s health.
The division is also working to update its Blueprint Plan for a Healthy Clackamas County, approved by the Board of County Commissioners in June 2018.
“As a strategic and forward-thinking leader, I am confident in Philip’s ability to take on this new challenge and lead us in all aspects of Public Health work,” said Richard Swift, Director of Health, Housing, and Human Services. “This work will include a focus in anti-racism strategies and implementation of actions to unravel institutional racism and its impacts.”