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Anthony Chen

Director of Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Tacoma, Wash.

Dr. Chen has advocated for community participation and promoted the needs of minority populations for 20 years. He previously served as the Medical Director of Community Health and Director of Minority Health in the Department of Family Medicine of Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and the principal investigator of the South Asian Community Outreach Project involved in developing homeless, teen, male, occupational, and other community health initiatives. As Acting Medical Director at North Cambridge Health Center, he oversaw the conversion from a Medicine-Pediatrics to a Family Medicine practice and the implementation of an electronic medical record. He was involved in the planning and opening of CHA's newest and largest ambulatory facility in Malden, Mass., which includes the integration of the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program.  With strong interests in cross-cultural medicine, community-oriented primary care, and Asian and immigrant health issues, his projects have included Hepatitis B and liver cancer screening and prevention in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, mental health of the refugee and immigrant populations, and access to care. Previously, Dr. Chen served as medical director of a health department site and Assistant Director at the Swedish Family Practice Residency in Seattle. Upon completion of a Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at Duke University in 1990, Dr. Chen served as Associate Director for Research and Faculty Development at Hinsdale Family Practice Residency for three years. Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from Duke University in 1986, and completed his residency training in Family Practice at the University of Cincinnati in 1989, where he was chief resident. He completed the CFHU Fellowship, and received his M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 2006.