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dr LaMar Hasbrouck tapped as new leader of Cook County’s Department of Public Health

Mason was replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Kiran Joshi and Dr. Rachel Rubin, both CCDPH senior medical officers who were medical staff at Stroger Hospital. The two ended up managing suburban Cook County’s response through COVID. A search to find a permanent replacement began in January, according to a county health spokeswoman.

Among Hasbrouck’s goals are to transform CCDPH into a “premier” public health department, in part by better integrating its work with Cook County Health. He hopes to add staff and boost the department’s budget through grants and private partnerships. Hasbrouck says he’ll lean on his network, “having worked at every level of the public health enterprise” to do so.

Hasbrouck does have a wide range of experience, including as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health during Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration from 2012 to 2015. There he oversaw the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid coverage, as well as the Ebola and MERS outbreaks. He stepped down after Quinn lost his re-election bid and went to the DC-based National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he served as executive director until 2017.

From there, he worked as a senior advisor on strategy and growth at the Chicago-based American Medical Association for a little over a year. He also launched his own consulting firm, DLM LLC, which advised companies on COVID protocols, and wrote a book, “COVID Bytes” about the early days of the pandemic, according to his website. He is no stranger to media—he’s contributed to The Hill and appeared on CNN.

Hasbrouck recently returned to his home base in Bethesda, Md., after serving as the senior advisor to the secretary general of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s private health insurance regulatory agency in Riyadh.

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