June 13, 2024

From Civil Servant to Author: Palak Raval-Nelson’s Journey in Public Health and Advocacy

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Department of Public Health Leadership

Palak Raval-Nelson is a renowned expert in the field of public health, with over 26 years of experience as a civil servant. She has been working in the Department of Public Health since 1996 and has held various positions such as supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. Currently, she serves as Deputy Health Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, where she oversees Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

Apart from her work at the Department of Public Health, Raval-Nelson also teaches at Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University. She specializes in courses on environmental and occupational health, vulnerable populations and the environment. Raval-Nelson has presented papers at several conferences such as NEHA, PPHA, and APHA and has publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health.

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 and was recognized by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals in 2006 for her outstanding contributions to the field as a woman environmental professional for Delaware Valley region.

Throughout her career, Raval-Nelson has demonstrated a deep commitment to working with marginalized communities and advocating for equity and environmental justice in public health policies. Her passion for making a positive impact on public health drives her work every day.

In addition to her work at the Department of Public Health and teaching roles at Drexel University and Temple University, Raval-Nelson is also an author who wrote her first book “Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of Current Funding Policies” in 2008.

Overall, Palak Raval-Nelson is an accomplished journalist who has dedicated her life to improving public health outcomes through education, advocacy

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