John Auerbach, MBA, is the President and CEO of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. TFAH conducts science-based research, issues policy-oriented reports addressing key health issues, shares best practices from communities large and small across the nation, and brings diverse groups together to effectively respond to current and emerging health threats of all kinds.
He was formerly the Associate Director for Policy and the Acting Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As such he managed the CDC's Policy Office, which focused on strengthening the collaboration between the public health and health care sectors, and he oversaw key activities and technical assistance that supported the nation’s health departments and the public health system.
Prior to his appointment at CDC, he was a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014.
He was the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012. He participated in the implementation of the state’s innovative health care reform law and developed public health programs that promoted health equity, emergency preparedness and chronic and infectious disease prevention. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for 9 years. In this position he oversaw a wide range of city services including those addressing substance abuse, homelessness and emergency medical services.
He had previously worked at the State Health Department for a decade, first as the Chief of Staff and later as an Assistant Commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau during the early years of the epidemic.