Jonathan Ballard

40 under 40 class of 2019

Chief Medical Officer

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Request speaker or expertise
"My goal is to further align the clinical and social services offered from the Department of Health and Human Services with public health priorities and expertise. I also plan to work toward the goal of making every health-related encounter with persons as meaningful as possible in relation to achieving mutually appreciated health goals."

BOLD SOLUTION: Jonathan implemented a childhood hepatitis A immunization requirement for schools and group settings. This was all done before an outbreak of acute hepatitis A was experienced in Kentucky, and was a key reason why the outbreak did not affect children nearly as much as adults in the state. Additional work around responding to the acute hepatitis A outbreak included problem-solving around data collection and creating enhanced data questionnaires as part of the outbreak response. This work led to Jonathan’s co-authorship of an article identifying homelessness as a new risk factor for acute hepatitis A, and contributed to a national clinical policy change for vaccination recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.