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Philip Mason-Joyner stepped into role on June 15 helping to lead local COVID-19 response.

Clackamas County this month promoted Philip Mason-Joyner as its new public health director. He takes over for Health, Housing and Human Services Director Richard Swift who was filling in the position in an interim role and called him a "strategic and forward-thinking leader." PHOTO COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Philip Mason-Joyner

Mason-Joyner was selected from a pool of 69 candidates in a search that lasted seven months. He has served the county's public health division for the last eight years, most recently as an ncident commander with the county's emergency operations center, as well as operations manager with the Center for Public Health Advancement. His experience includes leadership roles in public health across the state including with the Multnomah County health department, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health & Science University and the Benton County health department.

Mason-Joyner stepped into his new role on June 15. He is currently helping to lead the county through the local COVID-19 pandemic response and will continue to guide the public health division as it moves forward in guiding county leadership on slowing the spread of the virus and safely reopening.

"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," Mason-Joyner said in a statement.

According to Mason-Joyner, he's been a resident of Clackamas County for more than 20 years. He said being so connected to this community strengthens his commitment to ensuring the well-being of its residents.

"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," he said.

The county's public health division is also working to update its "Blueprint Plan for a Healthy Clackamas County," which was approved by the county commissioners in June 2018.

"I am confident in Philip's ability to take on this new challenge and lead us in all aspects of Public Health work," Swift said in a statement. "This work will include a focus in anti-racism strategies and implementation of actions to unravel institutional racism and its impacts."

More information about Clackamas County Public Health Division can be found online.

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