The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, now in its 86th year is the oldest and largest of health commissions in New Jersey. MCRHC provides required Chapter 26 public health services governed by N.J.S.A. Chapter 26. We are proud of our proven record of service and pledge to continue in the pursuit of the two related goals of quality and value.
Our Health Officer, David A. Henry, MPH of Jackson Township is responsible for public health duties and activities in the 16 Monmouth County Municipalities serviced by MCRHC. David enjoys educating current and future public health officials. He has served as a lecturer and instructor at the Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Safety and at the UMDNJ School of Public Health.
David represents 39 years of public health experience including his early appointment as a Senior Sanitary Inspector with the Middletown Township Health Department and later as Health Officer in Montgomery Township. From 2004 to 2013 he was employed as the Health Officer for the Princeton Regional Health Department where he was responsible for all aspects of public and environmental health services in a multi-municipal environment. As chief administrative officer he supervised staff and reported to local government as well as interacting with the State Department of Health, other local health departments and a wide range of agencies and organizations.
As a recognition of his abilities, David was selected to serve on various state level task forces dealing with specific public health issues. Additionally, he served as President of the New Jersey Health Officers' Association as well as the Monmouth, Somerset and Mercer County Health Officer Associations. In 2010, the City of Trenton needed an interim Health Officer and turned to David to take on this additional duty. During this time, he restructured that health department so as to significantly increase the level of service delivery, and through grants and increased activity was able to generate increased revenue for the department.
In 2016, he was also the Interim Health Officer for the City of Long Branch. David serves on the NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee (General Legislation) and is the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the NJ Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO). Public health in NJ has recently made enormous strides with the most recent accomplishments on which David worked in collaboration with our public health partners include securing 10 million dollars in funding for lead poisoning cases, raising the age of sale for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and instituting smoking bans in state parks and on state beaches.
In partnership with State, County and local leaders David successfully sought federal CARES money to reimburse part of the MCRHC Covid 19 expenditures. He also successfully obtained multiple grants to help sustain and improve outreach to our communities for Covid 19 mitigations/ vaccinations and Lead poisoning prevention.
Since presiding over the MCRHC, David has been a proponent of shared services as a way to provide cost effective public health services. He manages and oversees multiple shared services and instituted a new shared service for the auditing of childhood immunization records. David built upon the rich 86 year legacy of shared service practice at the MCRHC. Local public health serves as the experienced leaders in local governmental shared services. He is also a member of the Rutgers Climate Alliance Co-Chair of the Public Health work group whose work is important to the future of our shore towns.
David continues to stress the importance of public health in everyday life and the value of a quality, responsive, reliable and accountable local public health department.