North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Senior Clin­ical Pro­fessor Dr. Jean Flatley McGuire was appointed Assis­tant Sec­re­tary for Dis­ability Poli­cies and Pro­grams by Mass­a­chu­setts Sec­re­tary of Health and Human Ser­vices, JudyAnn Bigby. Dr. McGuire will take a leave of absence from Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern as she takes on her new role in May.

Dr. McGuire brings a 30-​​year his­tory of work in dis­ability across public and pri­vate sec­tors,” says JudyAnn Bigby, Sec­re­tary of Health and Human Ser­vices of Mass­a­chu­setts. “She will be respon­sible for devel­oping a com­pre­hen­sive plan to address health, housing, edu­ca­tion and employ­ment for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. Her expe­ri­ence in the field of public health will inform our work as we examine pri­mary and sec­ondary pre­ven­tion so impor­tant to man­aging disability-​​related risk.”

In her new posi­tion, Dr. McGuire will directly oversee almost $2 bil­lion of ser­vices and pro­grams within the Exec­u­tive Office of Health and Human Ser­vices’ Dis­ability and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Cluster.

Dr. McGuire’s lead­er­ship exem­pli­fies excel­lence and dis­tinc­tive­ness in research that serves urban com­mu­ni­ties and influ­ences public policy on the national, state and city level,” says Stephen Zoloth, Dean of Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “We look for­ward to con­tin­uing to col­lab­o­rate with the Com­mon­wealth in the effort to improve the health of our citizens.”

During her tenure with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Dr. McGuire devel­oped exten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tions with the City of Boston which have sup­ported fac­ulty and grad­uate stu­dent projects and resulted most recently in the review of the first year of the Boston Racial and Ethnic Dis­par­i­ties Project. Dr. McGuire also con­ducted policy research for the Alfred P. Sloan Foun­da­tion under a three-​​year grant focused on work­place flex­i­bility. She co-​​led a number of urban strategic plan­ning efforts within Bouve, oversaw the Aca­d­emic Work­group col­lab­o­ra­tion on the health pro­fes­sions pipeline in Boston, and com­pleted the pending Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Public Health (MPH) pro­gram pro­posal. Addi­tion­ally, she launched a new course called “Public Health in Crisis” and taught classes on race, eth­nicity and health in the U.S., as well as on com­mu­nity and public health. She lec­tured fre­quently throughout the uni­ver­sity and was piv­otal in bringing sev­eral local and national speakers and out­side col­lab­o­ra­tors to dis­cus­sions on campus.

Prior to joining North­eastern three years ago, Dr. McGuire was an Assis­tant Com­mis­sioner of the Depart­ment of Public Health. During her three-​​decade his­tory of work, she has had exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the dis­ability and public health arenas spe­cific to the fields of mental retar­da­tion, devel­op­mental dis­abil­i­ties, mental health and sub­stance abuse ser­vice delivery, HIV, STD, and other infec­tious dis­ease man­age­ment. In the late 1980s, she led sig­nif­i­cant parts of the national dis­ability policy devel­op­ment of the Civil Rights Restora­tion Act, the Fair Housing Act Amend­ments, the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act, and the Ryan White CARE Act.

For more infor­ma­tion on Dr. Jean Flatley McGuire and her appoint­ment, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.