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Alan MelnickAlan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH

Director/Health Officer
Dr. Alan Melnick serves as Public Health Director and Clark County Health Officer, a dual role he assumed in October 2013. He joined the department in 2006 to serve as the county's Health Officer, also providing health officer services to Skamania County. Between 2008 and 2013, he also provided Health Officer services to Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

As Director of Clark County Public Health, Dr. Melnick works with the Clark County Board of Health on public health policy issues affecting the community and the department. Working with the department’s leadership team, he is responsible for ensuring the delivery of effective services and programs that improve the health of Clark County residents.

Dr. Melnick continues to have overall responsibility for the medical direction of the department, including controlling and preventing communicable disease, protecting the community from environmental hazards and working with the medical community to promote health and address chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and preventable cancers.

Dr. Melnick previously served as Health Officer for the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Health District (1989-1991), Washington County, Oregon (1990-1996), and Clackamas County, Oregon (1996-2006). In addition, Dr. Melnick was Director of the Joint Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency at OHSU (1996-2006), and Director of Research for the OHSU Department of Family Medicine (2004-2006).

From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Melnick was a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Conference of Local Health Officials, serving as Vice-Chair from 1998-2006, he served on the Board of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2005-2006, and was a Charter member of the Community Level Health Promotion Study section (CLHP) of the National Institutes of Health from 2006-2010.   In 1994, Governor Roberts appointed Dr. Melnick to the Oregon Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, where he served until 2002, including two years as Chair (1999-2001).

Currently, he is a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and Chair of the NACCHO Workforce and Leadership Development Committee.  Within Washington, he is a Board Member of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials (WSALPHO) and Chair of the WSALPHO Health Officers Committee.  In addition, he is a Trustee for the Washington State Medical Association.  Locally, Dr. Melnick is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and Board Member for the SW Washington Regional Health Alliance.

Dr. Melnick is a 1993-94 Scholar in the National Public Health Leadership Institute and past Chair of its alumni association, the Public Health Leadership Society (PHLS). As a member of the PHLS Ethics Work group, he has participated in the development and dissemination of the Public Health Code of Ethics. His research interests and publications include community-based participatory research, family planning, chemical dependency and geographic information system applications in public health. In 2002, he published "Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Public Health" (Jones and Bartlett publishers) and in 2008 he published "Biological, Chemical and Radiological Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Primary Care Physician" (Springer Publishers). His latest book, written in collaboration with three other authors, Essentials of Public Health Ethics (Jones and Bartlett publishers) was published in early 2014.

Dr. Melnick maintains a faculty appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.

Education
BA, New York University
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
MPH, University of Washington
Residencies, Emanuel Hospital, Portland (Family Medicine) and Oregon Health and Science University (Public Health and General Preventive Medicine)

Jeff Harbison
Chief Administrative Officer
Jeff Harbison oversees the department’s financial and administrative services. He has worked at Clark County Public Health since 1998. Jeff was born, raised and educated in Clark County. He earned a BA in business administration from Washington State University-Vancouver after receiving an AA in accounting from Clark College.  He serves on the Board for the Washington Amateur Softball Association and Clark County Children’s Sharing Project.

Janis Koch
Chief Performance Officer
Janis Koch oversees performance management, governance and policies, and partnerships at Public Health. Janis has a BS from the University of Oregon and an MPA from Portland State University. She was a Management Auditor for the City of Portland and Multnomah County before moving to Clark County.  Janis has been with Clark County Public Health since 2007.

Tricia Mortell
Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, Tricia Mortell ensures the delivery of effective services and programs that improve the health of Clark County residents.  She has been with the Department since 1998 and previously provided management support to the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program and Chronic Disease programs and services. Tricia actively provides support and leadership to a wide variety of community collaborations focused on improving neighborhood and community health.

She holds a BS in Community Nutrition from Oregon State University; an RD Internship, Oregon Health Sciences University; and an MPH from the University of Washington.

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