New Health Director Set to Build Modern Health Department From Ground Up

Delaware County's new Health Director Melissa Lyon
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Delaware County's new Health Director Melissa Lyon

Delaware County’s Board of Health hired Melissa Lyon Nov. 18 as its new health department director writes Jim Melwert for KYW Radio Philadelphia.

Now she just has to create the health department.

She’s been Erie County’s public health director for eight years and worked in the Peace Corps in West Africa in the late 90s and early 2000s.

“That’s where my passion for public health really started,” Lyon said.

Building a health department from scratch in Delaware County will be a challenge but there are also opportunities.

“In Delaware County, we’re going to be able to modernize it from the creation, which is super exciting, not been done before. So I know we’ll be charting some uncharted waters together,” Lyon said.

She asks Delaware County residents to be patient as they bring a public health infrastructure to a county where none existed before.

She wants the public to be part of the planning, to be part of the conversations

“… then you find the common ground and you’re doing it together.”

That includes working with non-traditional public health partners.

Lyon will be starting her new duties full time by the middle of January. .

Read more at KYW Radio Philadelphia about Melissa Lyon.