John Auerbach is president and CEO of TFAH, where he leads all of TFAH's work to protect the health of every community and make disease prevention a national priority. Previously, he was the associate director for policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during which he oversaw the Office of the Associate Director for Policy, which focuses on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation. Prior to CDC, John was a distinguished professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014.
From 2007 to 2012, Auerbach was the commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the department developed innovative programs to address racial and ethnic disparities, promote wellness (including the Mass in Motion campaign), combat chronic disease, and support the successful implementation of the state’s healthcare reform initiative. Earlier in his career, John was the executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission for nine years during which health equity, emergency preparedness, and tobacco prevention became priorities. In addition to Boston’s public health programs, he oversaw its emergency medical, homeless, and substance abuse services. John worked at the Massachusetts State Health Department for a decade, first as chief of staff and later as an assistant commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau during the early years of the epidemic.