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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

August 2013

Big City, Big Data

Oxiris BarbotOxiris Barbot, MD, was appointed Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City on July 7, 2010. As the City's primary health official, Barbot leads the Mayor's comprehensive health policy agenda, Healthy Baltimore 2015, which articulates 10 priority areas and indicators for action to improve the health outcomes for all residents.

This plan highlights areas where the largest impact can be made to reduce morbidity and mortality while improving health equity and quality of life for all Baltimoreans.

As Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, Barbot is focused on promoting health equity and community engagement. She leads an agency of approximately 1,200 employees with a budget of approximately $138 million. The Health Department is responsible for numerous areas of health policy and programs including control of infectious diseases, school health, emergency preparedness, maternal-child health, restaurant inspections, animal control and chronic disease prevention.

Barbot came to the Health Department from the Office of School Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education, having served as medical director there since 2003. During her tenure she implemented an electronic health record—an innovative systemic change that benefited 1.1 million public school students. Before working in New York, Barbot was Chief of Pediatrics and Community Medicine at Unity Health Care, Inc. in Washington, D.C. There, she gained knowledge of the community health clinic model and experience confronting the disparities that often plague vulnerable populations.

Barbot received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her residency at George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center. In 2010, the National Hispanic Medical Association recognized Barbot for her leadership with the Hispanic Health Leadership Award for her work on addressing health matters that impact the Hispanic community.

Barbot has published several articles in major academic journals within the health field and has presented on topics including H1N1 response, school health and health coverage for Latinos.

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