Seasoned Civil Servant: Palak Raval-Nelson Advocates for Equity and Environmental Justice in Public Health

Department of Public Health Leadership

Palak Raval-Nelson is a seasoned public health professional with over 26 years of experience as a civil servant. She currently serves as the Deputy Health Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, where she has been working since 1996. In her current role, Raval-Nelson 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 Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University, where she teaches courses on environmental and occupational health, vulnerable populations and the environment. She has presented papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA conferences and has publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health. In 2008, Raval-Nelson authored her first book, Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of Current Funding Policies. She is a graduate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and 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.

Raval-Nelson is deeply committed to working with vulnerable populations and advocating for marginalized communities. She believes in ensuring equity and environmental justice in her work. With her extensive experience as a public health professional, Raval-Nelson strives to make a positive impact on public health through her work at the Department of Public Health and her teaching at Drexel University and Temple University

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