Health Commissioner & Board of Health
Tim Ingram, Health Commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health
Tim Ingram is Health Commissioner of Hamilton County Public Health, an agency with an operating budget of $10 million serving a resident population of more than 480,000 people in 45 political jurisdictions. Agency activities include: epidemiology; immunizations; tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease control; substance abuse; food service inspection and licensing; vector control; plumbing inspection and permitting; waste management; water quality; emergency preparedness and response; and health promotion and education.
Commissioner Ingram lends his experience to several local, regional and state-wide organizations. At the local level, he serves on the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council and the Policy Committee of the Hamilton County Solid Waste District. He is a member of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, chairing the Harm Reduction committee. He previously served on the Board of Trustees with the Council on Aging.
In 2009, Commissioner Ingram was elected to the Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio Board of Trustees. In October of 2017, he received the Business Courier’s Outstanding Director’s Award for his service to Mercy Health.
From 2007-2009, Commissioner Ingram was chair of the Board of Trustees for Health Bridge, a nationally recognized regional health information technology organization. He is closely involved in the Cradle Cincinnati infant mortality reduction project with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Health Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati and chairs its Data Governance Committee.
In addition, he is a current member of Ohio’s Infant Mortality Commission, appointed by Governor John Kasich. Commissioner Ingram serves as Vice-Chair of Ohio’s Public Health Futures Committee — a committee composed of state and local leaders reviewing the health improvement planning process of Ohio’s local public health system.
In 2000, former Ohio Governor Robert Taft appointed Commissioner Ingram to the Ohio Tobacco Prevention and Control Foundation in 2000. He served the Foundation in several leadership positions, including as its chair from 2005-2007.
His leadership was acknowledged by the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners with the President’s Award in 2010 and the American Society for Public Administration—Greater Cincinnati Chapter when he was awarded the Public Administrator of the Year in 1996. In 2014, Commissioner Ingram was recognized by his alma mater, The Ohio State University, as a Champion of Public Health. In 2016, he received the Champion’s Award from the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership for his work on substance abuse.
Commissioner Ingram holds a B.S. from The Ohio State University and a M.S. from the University of Cincinnati. He is a Registered Sanitarian with the State of Ohio. He holds memberships in the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He has published several articles in a variety of professional journals. He is an adjunct instructor with the University of Cincinnati, teaching Health Policy\Advocacy and Management of Public Health.
Board of Health
Hamilton County Public Health is governed by a five-member Board of Health and day-to-day functions are carried out by the Health Commissioner. The Board has the authority to adopt rules, regulations and resolutions, which have the same status as law, and to enact policies within Hamilton County Public Health.
Board members are appointed to five-year, overlapping terms and at least one member must be a physician. According to Ohio Revised Code, all appointments to the Board of Health must be made with due regard to equal representation of all parts of the jurisdiction served by Hamilton County Public Health. In March of each year, the Board reorganizes, electing new officers and setting the time and location for the next year’s meetings.
Board of Health Officers
Jim Brett – President
Mark Rippe – Vice President
Dr. Kenneth Amend – Board Member
Dr. Elizabeth Kelly – Board Member
Tracey A. Puthoff, Esq.
For more information, call Administration at (513) 946-7822.