Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., back left, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, welcomed guest speaker Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D., back second from left, commissioner of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to the Public Health Practice Council meeting on August 16. Dr. Polk served for more than 30 years as chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. They were joined by public health officials: Carol Smith, M.D., M.P.H., back second from right, Commissioner of the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health; and Lisa Morrissey, M.P.H. ’13, director of health, Danbury Health Department. Front from left: Lawrence Eisenstein, M.D., Fifth Pathway ’01, M.P.H.’16, Nassau County Commissioner of Health and distinguished visiting professor of epidemiology and community health; Eli N. Avila, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., FCLM, Orange County Commissioner of Health and distinguished visiting professor; Sherlita Amler, M.D., M.S., FAAP, Westchester County Commissioner of Health, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology and community health; and Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., C.P.E., DABFM, FAAFP, Rockland County Commissioner of Health and distinguished visiting professor of epidemiology and community health.