Dr. Oxiris Barbot who was appointed as New York City’s Health Commissioner under the department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2018 resigned from her position on 4th August 2020 (Tuesday). In her resignation letter obtained by News 4 highlighted her saying that it was an honor for her to serve in the respective position and that the health department will continue to work in order to protect its residents during this pandemic. She also exclaimed that “City leadership should better make use of the department’s expertise.”
The reason why she resigned is not clear but it is assumed that she faced criticism a few months ago when the cop’s union threatened her by saying that she would be fired or resigned after she made rejection to NYPD who requested her face masks for officers. Later, she issued an apology regarding the same which cooled down the matter and once again created a good relationship between Barbot and Terence Monahan, Chief of the health department. Monahan further expressed that he is keen to work with Barbot in the future.
Soon after the news regarding the NYC health commissioner resignation got flooded publicly, Mayor Bill DeBlasio appointed Dr. Dave Chokshi as the new health Commissioner who has already served at the highest positions of local, state and federal health agencies like NYC health and hospitals. Most recently, he has been serving as the main leader in the City’s COVID-19 response. After this, the council member, Mark Levine termed Barbot’s resignation as “a grave blow to the fight for public health here in NYC” via tweet.
Besides this, the news also came about the rift that took place between Barbot and de Blasio because the mayor itself decided to take an unusual step of putting the City’s health and hospital system in charge of the test and trace program, rather than the Health Department.
ABOUT DR. OXIRIS BARBOT
She has an experience of 25 years in the field of advancing health equity and providing healthcare in urban areas, who previously:
1.Served as commissioner of health for Baltimore City.
2.Worked as a medical director of the Office of School Health at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NY Department of Education.
3.Worked in the position of Chief of pediatrics and community medicine at the health center in Washington DC.
4.Recently, before her resignation she was the first deputy commissioner who looked for the development and implementation of agency priorities like Take Care New York 2020 which focused on dealing with the social determinants of health and engaging communities on the problems of health equity.
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