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Thomas Quade, MA, MPH, CPH

Elected Member


Elected November 2010

Term Ending:  November 2014

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Tom Quade is the health commissioner at Marion Public Health, the health district for Marion County, Ohio. He has 14 years of consecutive service to APHA and its Ohio Affiliate in a variety of governance, advisory and senior leadership roles.

His pursuit of a public health career resulted from his service as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Nepal in 1995. He earned his MPH from Yale University in 1999. Immediately after graduating, he accepted a contract position with the World Health Organization as a public health specialist supporting the coordination health related capacity building in Kosovo. He left that position later that year when his mother passed away, and he returned to Ohio to assume the role of primary caregiver for his sister, who lives with developmental disabilities.

In 2000, he joined the Akron Health Department team as an epidemiologist. Between 2000 and 2010, he served in progressively supervisory and administrative roles including Health Promotion Division director, Community Health Assessment and Health Promotion Division director, deputy health director, and then interim director of health. It was in that final role that he led the consolidation of his Akron Health Department team with the Summit County General Health District. He has also maintained an adjunct faculty position with the Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine and Pharmacy’s Master of Public Health program.  

In 2011, he became the deputy health commissioner with the newly consolidated Summit County General Health District. In addition to his operational responsibilities for the delivery of environmental health, community health and clinical health services, he served as the accreditation coordinator as the agency pursued national accreditation with PHAB. The department was the first in Ohio and among the first 14 in the United States to have achieved PHAB accreditation.

Within a month after achieving PHAB accreditation at the Summit County Health District, he decided to demonstrate that it could be done in a smaller, less robust local health district. In July 2013 he accepted the position of health commissioner in Marion, Ohio and has a professional mission to develop that agency into one that is able to demonstrate public health service delivery to the extent necessary to achieve the high national standard that is PHAB accreditation.

Governmental public health is a second career for Tom. He earned an MA in counselor education in 1990 from the University of Cincinnati and worked from 1990-1995 in a family counseling role with families who had one or more members living with developmental disabilities.

Tom chaired a NACCHO workgroup on Disabilities and Health for several years and later participated in a project to develop public health workforce competencies related to persons living with disabilities. Tom also serves on the National Board of Public Health Examiners and the Foundation to Advance Public Health through Certification. Locally, he has started his second four-year term on the Board of Developmental Disabilities for Summit County, Ohio, where his sister receives services.


Tom has been an active member of APHA since his graduate studies, initially as a student member in 1998 and in 2000 as a regular member. He has been a member of the Epidemiology, Disabilities, and Health Administration Sections. In 2000 he joined his state affiliate in Ohio. One of his priorities continues to be the facilitation of communication and articulation of the relationship between APHA’s section membership and APHA’s affiliate membership, believing that this would produce a stronger advocacy mechanism for the national association and generate a more recognizable relevance to the broader local public health workforce across the country.