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MPHA 40th Annual Meeting Keynote

June 27, 2024

MPHA is delighted to announce Dr. Mehul Dalal as the Keynote Speaker for the 40th Annual Meeting October 2nd. 

“Walking Together, Learning Together: How Collaboration Across Sectors Can Drive Public Health Innovation”

Drawing on his experiences working with the healthcare, public safety, and social services sectors Dr. Dalal will discuss his observations on key lessons that can support learning and innovation in everyday public health.

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Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS is an experienced public sector leader with a background in health and human services leadership, public health administration, clinical care, and non-profit governance.

Dr. Dalal currently serves as the Chief Policy Advisor for the Connecticut Department of Social Services, leading long-term strategic and policy planning efforts for the agency serving over one million Connecticut residents. Previously, Dr. Dalal held a mayor-appointed position overseeing the City of New Haven’s Health and Human Services Departments where he helped coordinate the City’s COVID19 pandemic response, supervised the launch a mental health first response team, and established the State’s first municipal Office of Violence Prevention.

From 2012-2019, Dr. Dalal served as the Chronic Disease Director at the Connecticut Department of Public Health where he guided public health aspects of Connecticut’s healthcare reform initiatives under the Affordable Care Act.  He was previously the Medical Director of Quality Improvement at the New York City Department of Health’s Cardiovascular Program. He has also served as consultant to the World Health Organization advising on global non-communicable disease plans. 

Dr. Dalal has led or served on various boards and stakeholder groups including as the Board President of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Co-chair of the State Innovation Model Quality Metrics Council, Vice Chair of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership, and Member of the Donaghue Foundation Policy Advisory Committee.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Health Foundation.

Dr. Dalal has practiced primary care at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and at Fair Haven Community Health Care in New Haven. He has contributed to peer reviewed publications that appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Clinical Hypertension and the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. Dr. Dalal received an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed an internal medicine residency at New York University and is a graduate of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.