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November 19, 2021

Erie County health official tapped to lead new Delaware County Health Department

Melissa Lyon has more than 20 years of health care and public health experience and during the pandemic was COVID-19 response incident commander

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The Delaware County Board of Health appointed Melissa Lyon as its first ever Health Department Director at a meeting Thursday.

Melissa Lyon, who most recently led Erie County's COVID-19 response, has been named as the first-ever director of the Delaware County Health Department.

The five members of Delaware County Board of Health made the announcement at a special meeting on Thursday in Media.

"This is an exciting next step for the county as we prepare to launch the Delaware County Health Department in January 2022," Delaware County Council Vice Chair Monica Taylor said. "Melissa will focus on ensuring the health and well-being of our community through the collection and evaluation of hyperlocal data and fostering community partnerships to deliver programs and resources for all residents."

Lyon has more than 20 years of experience in health care and public health. She served as the public health director for eight years and during the pandemic took on the role of COVID-19 response incident commander for the Erie County Health Department.

"We look forward to working with Melissa as the Delaware County Health Department takes shape under her leadership," said Frances M. Sheehan, president of The Foundation for Delaware County, the organization that established the Delaware County Public Health Fund to raise money for the new health department.

Lyon is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, and is currently a SUNY Fredonia adjunct faculty member where she teaches introduction to public health and the public health seminar. 

She also guest lectures and speaks at universities and professional association events across the country.

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