Thanks to Dr. Bruce Chandler, public health leader and champion of Anchorage


Through Beverly Wooley, Diane Ingle, Natasha Pineda, Heather Harris, Shannon Kuhn and Tammy Green

Updated: August 31, 2021 Posted: Aug 31, 2021

Dr Bruce Chandler recently stepped down as Chief Medical Officer of Anchorage’s Health Service after 26 years in public service. You may not know Bruce Chandler’s name, but everyone in town has benefited from his work. As colleagues of his, we would like to thank him for the positive influence he has had in our lives.

Bruce is a leader and champion of public health. His patience, guidance and respectful teaching have always been evident, whether it is treating a patient, training public health workers, responding to the media, or informing decision-makers. His compassion combined with his medical expertise and ability to translate his knowledge into sound public health practices, strategies and policies were remarkable. Bruce has worked closely with the Alaska State Division of Public Health, the CDC Arctic Investigations Program and the Anchorage School District, and has built strong, positive and productive relationships with other parties. stakeholders. An unsung hero, for the past two decades, he has led efforts to protect Alaskans from infectious diseases as they emerge, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the 2018 mumps epidemic, outbreaks of foodborne illness, tuberculosis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce was also a pediatrician at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center from 1998. His passion for ensuring that all children and families have access to health care was clearly evident to the 7,000 and more patients he served. during his stay there. His fellow ANHC healthcare workers remember him as tireless in his dedication to providing excellent service, with kindness and compassion to every patient in his care.

Although Bruce preferred to stay behind the scenes and quietly serve the residents of the Municipality, he received well-deserved recognition and praise for his work and contributions. In 2020, he was named the U.S. Tuberculosis Elimination Champion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2011, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Public Health Association from the Alaska Public Health Association. Bruce always put public health issues that needed to be addressed first, no matter how difficult they were. In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Bruce has advised all directors of the Anchorage Health Department and guided many directors during complex public health emergencies. He is an institution that we will truly miss, and his departure is a major loss for our community.

Bruce made us safer, he did it with a generous heart and he is irreplaceable. Thank you to Dr. Bruce Chandler for his years of service to our community. The Municipality of Anchorage is fortunate to have had its leadership, skills and experience. We are better off to have been able to work with him.

beverly wool served as Director of the City of Anchorage’s Department of Health and Human Services from 2003 to 2007 and Director of the Alaska Division of Public Health from 2007 to 2009.

Diane ingle was the directory of the Department of Health and Human Services of the Municipality of Anchorage from 2007 to 2012.

Natasha Pineda was Director of the Anchorage Health Department from 2018 to 2020.

Heather harris served as Director of Anchorage’s Health Department from 2020 to 2021.

Shannon Kuhn was Public Information Officer for the Anchorage Department of Health from 2017 to 2019.

Tammy Green has been the CEO of the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center since 2015.

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