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Dean Michael A. Lindsey Appointed to New York City Board of Health

Dean Michael Lindsey headshot
Posed from left to right, Dr. Maida Galvez, Dr. Angelo Acquista, Dr. Judith Salerno, and Dean Lindsey
Dean Lindsey with fellow NYC Board of Health members Dr. Maida Galvez, Dr. Angelo Acquista, and Dr. Judith Salerno

The NYU Silver School of Social Work congratulates Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work Michael A. Lindsey for his appointment to the New York City Board of Health! Dr. Lindsey has joined three other newly-appointed experts in the fields of health and mental health on the Board of Health. The 11-member board is responsible for enacting the city’s health code and policies that promote the health of New Yorkers. The appointment, which was approved by the New York City Council, is for a six-year term. We are excited for the contributions that Dean Lindsey will make to the health of New Yorkers as he takes on this additional role.

“My desire to serve on the Board of Health stems from a passion for addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and families — particularly those from vulnerable and marginalized communities — as well as a recognition that physical health and mental health are inextricably linked,” said Dr. Lindsey. “I am grateful to Mayor Eric Adams for the opportunity to serve New York City in this capacity and I look forward to working with Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan and the other distinguished board members.”

In addition to being Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Lindsey is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. He led the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which authored the report Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America. He is a distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Social Work and fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He was also appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Community Preventive Services Task Force.