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Persis A. Sosiak 

Commissioner of Health

Cleveland Department of Public Health

Biography

Persis A. Sosiak was sworn-in as Commissioner of Health by Mayor Frank G. Jackson on December 5, 2016.  Prior to joining CDPH, Persis spent 11 years in a  variety of roles at Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) including Senior Director of the Department of Public Health and Research where she developed and implemented the successful 5 to go!® program to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.  In addition to partnering locally with 17 public schools, various community organizations and child-care providers, Persis had the opportunity to share the program and participate in its launch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  While at Cleveland Clinic Persis also served in a clinical capacity, providing direct patient care as a registered nurse and as an infection preventionist.  Prior to returning home to Cleveland, Persis lived in the Washington, DC area and worked in a variety of public health settings.  She held positions with the American International Health Association (AIHA) where her portfolio included public health twinning projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States and the Alexandria Health Department where she ran the Healthy Start program.  Persis was selected as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) and worked for both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the health committee office of US Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH).  Persis’ educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University; a Master of Public Health from Yale University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University.

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