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    Lexington appoints new public health director

    Lexington officials recently announced the appointment of Kari Sasportas as the town’s new public health director.

    Sasportas filled the position left by Gerard Cody, who resigned last year to accept the job of public health director in Randolph. Prior to assuming her new position, Sasportas served for nearly 4½ years as manager of community resilience and preparedness for the Cambridge Public Health Department.

    Her work experience before that included serving as an environmental health officer for the Watertown Health Department, and a senior environmental analyst for the state Department of Public Health. She also has been a project coordinator for the Boston School of Public Health.


    Additionally, Sasportas serves as a technical adviser to the National Environmental Health Association, is a member of the Global Climate Change Workgroup of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and is a local public health representative to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Advisory Committee.

    “The local public health landscape in Massachusetts is evolving to meet new challenges associated with chronic disease, the modern built environment, more frequent natural hazard events, and emerging infectious diseases,” Sasportas said in a statement. “I’m delighted to join the Lexington community and collaborate with a range of stakeholders and partners to promote community health and enhance the well-being and ability of all residents to thrive.”

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