Dr. Mitchell Kushner has been named as the new city health officer for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department). Kushner, who started his work with the Health Department in mid-August, takes on the position with extensive experience in public health.
“I’m pleased to begin work as the health officer for Long Beach, a city where I have lived for many years, and where I hope to build on the excellent reputation of the Health Department,” Kushner said.
Previously, Kushner worked for nine years with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, most recently as the medical director for the Community Health Services Division, where he provided medical oversight to 14 public health centers across the county. Kushner received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, his bachelor of science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his master’s degree in public health from UCLA. Kushner is board-certified in internal medicine and is fluent in Spanish.
As city health officer, Kushner has statutory responsibilities for public health in Long Beach, including:
• oversight of clinical services
• communicable disease control
• promotion of public health goals, including improving overall community health for issues such as bioterrorism preparedness response, recreational beach closures, and disease outbreak oversight
• promoting public health issues such as healthy eating and active living to reduce disease and disability for Long Beach residents
“I welcome Dr. Kushner to the public health family in Long Beach,” said Ron Arias, Health Department Director. “Our team is very happy to have Dr. Kushner aboard to assist in meeting the public health mission locally and making Long Beach a healthier place to live, work and play.”
Source: City of LB