Exploring the Remarkable Journey of Palak Raval-Nelson: From Public Health Sanitarian to Deputy Health Commissioner and Author

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Palak Raval-Nelson has been working at the Department of Public Health since 1996, where she currently serves as Deputy Health Commissioner. She began her career as a public health sanitarian and has since advanced through various roles such as supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. In her current position, Raval-Nelson oversees Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

In addition to her work at the Department of Public Health, Raval-Nelson is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University. She teaches courses on environmental and occupational health, vulnerable populations and the environment. Raval-Nelson has presented papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA conferences and has publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health. She authored her first book “Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of the Current Funding Policies” in 2008 and graduated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

Raval-Nelson holds a B.S in Biology from Temple University, an M.P.H from MCP Hahnemann University (where she graduated with distinction), 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

Palak Raval-Nelson has been working at the Department of Public Health since 1996, where she currently serves as Deputy Health Commissioner. She began her career as a public health sanitarian and has since advanced through various roles such as supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. In her current position, Raval-Nelson oversees Environmental…

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