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Paul Meissner, MSPH

Elected Member


Elected November 2011

Term Ending: November 2015

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I have a broad exposure to public health, initially in the early 1980ss as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ecuador, to development of primary care services for medically underserved communities in the Bronx, N.Y., to my current role in fostering health services and practice based research efforts for urban minority communities. Throughout my career, I have worked to bridge these experiences to the public policy arena through APHA and its structures. 

I have been an APHA member since 1985, becoming more involved during the late 1990s with in the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section, where I served as Governing Council representative and as chair, and currently am a leadership mentor. During my tenure I worked to stabilize CHPPD leadership by creating structures for recruiting and supporting interested Section members, young professionals and student leaders. I have served on the Inter-Sectional Council Steering Committee 2004-7 and the ISC/CoA Joint Membership Work Group (2004-2006) that designed a joint membership pilot between four affiliates and APHA. I currently serve on the Kellogg Grant ACBI Advisory Board. 


I have been involved with my APHA local affiliate – the Public Health Association of New York City – as a board member from 2000-2010, as recording secretary (2002-4), president-elect (2006-7), president (2008-09), past president (2009-2010). During my period of leadership I helped implement and manage an APHA Kellogg grant. I helped transition PHANYC from an executive director staffed organization to one that is Board- and volunteer-led with limited administrative staff support. I actively participated in multiple years of organizing PHANYC’s Annual Award Dinner, which is routinely attended by about 300 individuals and nets approximately $50,000 annually for program operations.


In my professional life, I have worked at Montefiore Medical Center since 1990 as a health planner and program administrator. Currently in my fourth incarnation I am director of Research Program Development, where I work with 23 clinical and academic departments and with Medical Center administrative structures to develop clinical and health services research activities. 


I have served on several not-for-profit organization boards and civic commissions. My interpersonal style can best be described as a collaborator, coalition builder and inveterate networker who respects the abilities of others and seeks to bring these to a collective activity.