Mr. Robert M. "Bobby" Pestronk serves as Health Officer and Director of the Genesee County Health Department for Genesee County, Michigan. Bobby's service as Health Officer extends over 21 years. During that time, in collaboration with county citizens and in partnership with community resources, he has worked to protect, promote, and improve the quality of life of the 430,000 people who reside there. His responsibilities include administering clinical, regulatory, and other human service programs in the areas of personal, community, behavioral, and environmental health. Genesee County consists of Flint, Michigan and surrounding cities and towns.
Mr. Pestronk is currently the 2007-2008 President of NACCHO, the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He is a Past-President of the Michigan Health Officers Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association for Local Public Health and of NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association. He is a Primary Care Policy Fellow through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and trained as a Scholar through the Public Health Leadership Institute. He is Past President of the Primary Care Fellowship Society and the Public Health Leadership Society Council. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Public Health Roundtable and of the National Advisory Committee for Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century of Public Health. He was the first President of the Public Health Law Association.
Mr. Pestronk earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he received both the John H. Romani Outstanding Alumnus and the Distinguished Alumnus Awards. He is the author of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Journal of the American Public Health Association, Health Education and Behavior, Public Health Reports, and the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Chapters in books include those published by the American Public Health Association and Oxford University Press.