Melissa Dizon, Esq., Chairs Health Disparities Committee of Dutchess County Board of Health

Submitted on Thu, 07/20/2017

As a member of the Dutchess County Board of Health, our associate, Melissa Dizon, Esq., serves as chairperson of the board’s Health Disparities Committee. The purpose of the committee is:

To identify groups of people within Dutchess County with particular health-related challenges or needs due to demographic, cultural, economic or other special circumstances;

To assess the nature and causes of those challenges and needs;

To identify possible opportunities for improving health or health-related services for groups with special health challenges or needs;

To recommend to the Board of Health, the county Department of Health, the county legislature and the community at large when appropriate, potential solutions for improving health within the identified groups and to serve as a catalyst for the implementation of such solutions.

Concerns of the committee may include, but are not limited to, the special health needs of vulnerable or underserved categories of people such as: county residents living in poverty; people who have historically been considered minorities; people without regular primary medical, dental or other basic health services; the uninsured; people with limited communication abilities in English, the homeless, isolated elderly persons; people with mental illness and other groups that the committee may identify.

Meetings of the committee are open to the public. Further information and meeting dates can be obtained from the office of the commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, at (845) 486-3432, or from

Ms. Dizon is in her second year as a member of the county Board of Health, having replaced our partner, Robert Irving Miller, R.N., Esq., when he stepped down from the board after completing a five year term at the end of 2015.