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Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health has a new Chief of Staff

Having worked with the Department of Public Health for 9 years, Sara Enes now takes charge as the Chief of Staff.


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The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has announced the appointment of Sara Enes as their new Chief of Staff.

In her new role as Chief of Staff, Enes will work on the initiatives laid out in the Department's Strategic Plan, including reaching health equity and access to primary care for all Philadelphians, and initiatives to curb administrative barriers and enhance teamwork through the Department's divisions.

Enes has been working with the Department of Public Health since 2009, beginning as the Coordinator of the Patient Assistance Program (PAP). In this position, she oversaw the enrollment of uninsured patients into free medication programs offered by the pharmaceutical companies.

Following this position, she became the Administrator for the Office of Medical Affairs, before becoming Assistant Director at Health Center #2 in South Philadelphia. In 2015, she became the Director of Health Center #2, and in 2020, became the Director of Health Center #6 in North Philadelphia.

Enes was involved in the planning of the Health Center #2 and in moving it to its current location in the South Philadelphia Health & Literary Center.

Each of these health centers are multidisciplinary public health care facilities designed to deliver primary care services throughout a patient's life.

Enes' most recent position was Acting Director of the Department’s Division for Disease Control, working with multiple control specialists as they studied trends in disease incidence, seeking to develop and direct city-wide disease control and emergency preparedness programs and initiatives. The program targets include COVID-19, STDs, acute communicable diseases, and tuberculosis.

Enes earned her Bachelor's and Masters of Social Work from Temple University, and an MBA with a focus on healthcare from The George Washington University. Enes originally chose Temple University due to its diversity and dynamic educational program, choosing to make the city her home during her time studying and in the several years since.

More information about the Department of Public Health’s programs can be found on their website.


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