Alison O’Connell: Candidate for Board of Health

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Alison O’Connell, candidate for the Bedford Board of Health

Having made Bedford our new home just a few months ago, I am looking to serve on the Board of Health with a fresh, unbiased perspective, informed by clinical data and best practices.  With a desire to become a contributing member to my new home town, and provide leadership-by-example to our young son, I look forward to the opportunity to drive policy changes, initiatives, and communications that support strong health outcomes in our community.

Professionally, my experience in public-sector healthcare compliance, strategy, and consulting will be useful in ensuring the BOH operates smoothly, objectively, and informed by data. I will leverage my skillset in making clinically informed, purposeful, and highly efficient decisions.

Speaking specifically about COVID, we are in a particularly time-sensitive period where continued access to testing, and, broad adoption of vaccination as soon as it is available will be critical to improving Bedford’s overall quality of life.  This is especially true for the most vulnerable residents, including our seniors, teachers, clinical staff, and those with professions that necessitate them being out in the community daily.

Our collective goal must be remaining nimble with our evolving protocols to create a healthy balance between safety, and reasonable informed flexibility.

 


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