Baltimore County, MD – Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski re-nominated Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP as County Health Officer and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Baltimore County Council unanimously voted to support the nomination at the County Council Board Meeting held on January 17, 2023.

   During the Board’s confirmation hearings, Branch shared information around work his Department has done to address the opioid epidemic, environmental health, children and family services, healthcare disparities, mental health, animal services, and efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging infectious diseases.

   Additionally, Branch spoke about his mother, who was pre-mature when she was born in the South in 1936. “Although incubator technology was readily available at that time, this life-saving treatment was denied to Negro infants in the south,” said Branch. Her family brought her north to receive the healthcare she needed. “My mother’s experience continually drives my mission to ensure that excellent public health and human services are accessible to everyone.”

   Branch has served as Baltimore County Health Officer for more than 16 years. His re-appointment and confirmation is a testament to his commitment to make Baltimore County a healthy place to live, work and play for people and their pets.


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