Board of Health

The Board of Health is a nine-member governing board appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by County Council.

Members serve staggered four-year terms and the board appoints and advises the County Health Director.

Board duties include:

  • Formulating rules and regulations for the prevention of disease
  • Preventing or fixing conditions that constitute a threat to public health
  • Promoting and preserving public health
  • Reviewing and approving Clean Air Fund expenditures

Current Board Members

  • Lee Harrison, M.D., Chair
  • William Youngblood, Vice-Chair
  • Donald S. Burke, M.D.
  • Anthony Ferraro
  • Caroline Mitchell
  • Kotayya Kondaveeti, M.D.
  • Joylette L. Portlock, Ph.D.
  • Edith Shapira, M.D.
  • Ellen C. Stewart, M.D.


All meetings of the Allegheny County Board of Health are open to the public. To speak at a board meeting, a request must be made at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Individuals who wish to send written comments to the Board should use this Contact form. These comments go directly to members of the Board of Health and will be summarized at the meeting.

The board meeting will be streamed on the Allegheny County Health Department's Facebook page.

The Board will try to accommodate all speaking requests for each meeting but may need to defer comments to a subsequent meeting. Requests are handled in the order received.

To request an accommodation, please make a request for assistance as far in advance as possible or at least 72 hours before the scheduled meeting. Participants can submit a request for themselves or someone else.

Accommodation Request Form

Next Board of Health Public Meeting

The next Allegheny County Board of Health meeting is scheduled for:
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 12:30 pm

This in-person meeting will be located:

Allegheny County Courthouse
Gold Room, Room 410 (4th floor)
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Agenda & Materials links:

Check back later for July meeting materials

2024 Board of Health Meeting Schedule

  • January 17, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • July 17, 2024
  • September 11, 2024
  • November 13, 2024

Upcoming Public Comment Notices 

Article VI Revision: Advisory Committee(PDF, 112KB) 

The Board of Health will also accept written comments beginning on Monday, May 20, 2024, and concluding at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, by email to or by mail to our administrative offices:

Attn: Article VI Comments (Housing and Community Environment)
Allegheny County Health Department
542 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Those who do not have access to the internet and who wish to obtain copies of the regulation should call 412-578-7660.

Check the Air Quality Program Public Comment Notices page for regular notices.

Meeting Minutes and Materials

The Allegheny County Board of Health holds regular Public Meetings every other month as well as special Public Regulatory Hearings. Approved meeting minutes as well as materials for public review can be found in this section.

All Board of Health meetings are open to the public. Written comments may be summarized during meetings, with the full comments entered into the record. Speakers may address agenda and non-agenda items.

To request meeting minutes or materials in another language, please submit a request through this form:

Accommodation Request Form

Meeting Minutes Archive (2018 - Present)