Allegheny County health chief leaving Pittsburgh for CDC post |

Allegheny County health chief leaving Pittsburgh for CDC post

Megan Guza
Allegheny County Health Department
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker

Dr. Karen Hacker will leave her position as head of the Allegheny County Health Department for a leadership role with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, county officials said Friday.

“It is something that all of us can be proud of – that one of ours is going to be doing extraordinary things for public health on a national level,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Hacker, 63, will become the director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, county officials said. Her last day with the health department will be July 31.

Fitzgerald said Hacker being tapped for the position is “further recognition of the acclaim and prestige she has brought to Allegheny County.”

She began working for the health department in May 2013 and became director that September. She has headed the department through the ongoing opioid crisis; high lead levels in drinking water; air quality issues, particularly in the Mon Valley; and, most recently, a measles outbreak in the county.

Earlier this month, Hacker received the Seeds of Hope Award from opioid recovery group POWER Recovery for her work fighting the overdose epidemic. That work has included a standing order for naloxone, which made the overdose-reversal drug available without a prescription.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.