John Auerbach

John AuerbachJohn Auerbach is a Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. He joined the University in 2012.

From 2007 to 2012 he was the Massachusetts’s Commissioner of Public Health. As Commissioner he oversaw a Department with 3,100 employees and 100 separate programmatic units including those addressing chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, environmental health and emergency preparedness. He initiated the Mass in Motion initiative, a multi-faceted campaign to prevent obesity and promote wellness. He was a member of the team that implemented the state’s groundbreaking health care reform initiative.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for 9 years.Under his leadership, the Commission developed new initiatives on tobacco control, cancer, asthma, obesity, emergency preparedness as well as a broad-based and comprehensive campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Mr. Auerbach had previously worked at the State Health Department for a decade, first as the Chief of Staff and later as an Assistant Commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau. He began his career in public health as an administrator in the Uphams Corner Community Health Center and a manager at Boston City Hospital and the Boston University School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

Auerbach, John. “Lessons From the Front Line: The Massachusetts Experience of the Role of Public Health in Health Care Reform.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (2013).

Auerbach, J., D. I. Chang, J. Hester, and S. Magnan. 2013. Opportunity knocks: Population health in State Innovation Models. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.