(Chicago) – TASC President and CEO Joel K. Johnson, MEd, has been appointed to the City of Chicago Board of Health, which advises the mayor on public health matters.
The Board’s nine members were appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The appointments were approved by the City Council on April 21 and took effect May 1.
Johnson is a nationally respected expert in behavioral health, and has dedicated his career to serving people and communities dealing with trauma, substance use disorders, mental health challenges, family disconnection, and social, racial, and economic injustice. As president and CEO of TASC, he leads that agency’s efforts in Illinois and nationally to address the everyday realities and structural barriers that impede people’s opportunities to thrive.
In February, the City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations approved Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to reconstitute the Board with three-year staggered terms, and to assure a range of expertise among its members, and diversity racially, economically, and in gender.