PITTSBURGH, Pa. (KDKA) – Dr. Karen Hacker, the director of Allegheny County Health Department, will leave her position at the end of July.
After leading the county for 6 years, she has accepted a new position with the CDC as Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 166 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths
Since being hired in 2013, Hacker has begun partnerships with community groups and non-profits, conducted health surveys, relocated clinics and launched several programs like “Live Well Allegheny.”READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
“The fact that she is being tapped for this prestigious position is just further recognition of the acclaim and prestige she has brought to Allegheny County,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in a press release.
“It is something that all of us can be proud of – that one of ours is going to be doing extraordinary things for public health on a national scale.”MORE NEWS: State Police Intensifying Manhunt For 'Armed And Dangerous' 53-Year-Old Victor Steban In Connection With Penn Twp. Double Homicide
Earlier this month, Hacker received the 2018 Seeds of Hope Award from POWER Recovery. The award was given to her in recognition of her efforts in the fight against the opioid epidemic.