Carlene Pavlos

MPH Advisory Committee Member

Degrees & Alma Mater:
BS, Lafayette College,
Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School            

Current Organization: Massachusetts Public Health Association

Current Title: Executive Director

Carlene Pavlos is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, a statewide advocacy organization promoting policies that address the social and environmental conditions that determine health. MPHA is committed to health and racial equity and utilizes health equity framing in identifying policy goals. Prior to joining MPHA in April of 2018, Ms. Pavlos spent nearly 20 years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, most recently as the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention.  As the Bureau Director she oversaw the Department’s work in the areas of violence prevention and services, suicide prevention, child fatality review, unintentional injury prevention, school and adolescent health, health access, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco control and prevention, chronic disease prevention and health systems transformation.  Ms. Pavlos brings to her work a commitment to social justice and addressing health inequities – including racism, misogyny, homophobia/heterosexism, classism, and transphobia.  She also has extensive experience working with incarcerated women, a population at particular risk for violent victimization and its associated health impacts.  Ms. Pavlos holds a B.S. from Lafayette College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.