26 Years of Service: Palak Raval-Nelson’s Commitment to Improving Health and Well-Being for Vulnerable Populations.

Department of Public Health Leadership

Palak Raval-Nelson is an accomplished public health professional who has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. She currently serves as the Deputy Health Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, where she has been working since 1996. Throughout her career, she has held various roles such as supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. In her current position, she oversees Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

Raval-Nelson is also an adjunct faculty member at both Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University. She teaches courses on environmental and occupational health, as well as vulnerable populations and the environment. Her work at Drexel University has earned her numerous accolades including presenting papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA conferences and having publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health. In 2008, she authored her first book Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of Current Funding Policies.

Raval-Nelson holds a B.S in Biology from Temple University, an M.P.H from MCP Hahnemann University (where she graduated with the distinguished Hiega Society Award), and a Ph.D in environmental health and policy from Drexel University. She is a member of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society and was recognized by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals in 2006 as an outstanding woman environmental professional for the Delaware Valley.

Throughout her 26 years as a civil servant, Raval-Nelson has been deeply committed to working with vulnerable populations and advocating for marginalized communities. She believes in ensuring equity and environmental justice in her work and strives to make a positive impact on public health every day

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