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Health Commissioner & Board of Health

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Tim Ingram, Health Commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health

Tim Ingram, Health Commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health

Tim Ingram

Tim Ingram is Health Commissioner of Hamilton County Public Health, an agency with an operating budget of $12.7 million serving a resident population of more than 460,000 people in 43 political jurisdictions. Agency activities include immunization clinics, TB control, disease surveillance and investigation, health promotion programs, public health preparedness, environmental health inspection and licensing.

Before coming to this position in 1993, he was the Public Health Administrator for the Clermont County General Health District for 7 years. Prior to his public service in Clermont County, Commissioner Ingram held positions in the private and public sectors.

Commissioner Ingram is a member of several organizations and serves on boards at the state and local level that focus on public health, environmental, emergency response, and social issues. Within Hamilton County, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council and the Policy Committee of the Hamilton County Solid Waste District. He also serves on the Executive Stakeholder’s Council Aligning Sustainable Health Care Solutions for Greater Cincinnati.

In 2009, Commissioner Ingram was elected to the Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio Board of Trustees.

From 2007-2009, Commissioner Ingram was chair of the Board of Trustees for Health Bridge, a nationally recognized regional health information technology organization and continues to serve as a Board member. He is closely involved in the Infant Mortality Reduction project with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Health Department.

On the state level, the Governor appointed Commissioner Ingram to the Ohio Tobacco Prevention and Control Foundation in 2000. He served the Foundation in several leadership positions including chair in 2005-2007. A current member of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, he served as its president in 2000.

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. He has published several articles in a variety of professional journals.

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 National Environmental Health Association, American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.


Board of Health

L-R, Thomas Chatham, Mark Rippe, Jim Brett, Commissioner Ingram, Tracey Puthoff, Senator Lou Terhar, Ohio 8th District and Dr. Kenneth Amend

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

Kenneth Amend, M.D. – President

Mark Rippe – Vice President

Jim Brett – Board Member

Thomas Chatham – Board Member

Tracey A. Puthoff, Esq.

For more information, call Administration at (513) 946-7822.


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