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Suzanne K. Condon, MSM, is the associate commissioner and director of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Condon leads a team of public health professionals, including epidemiologists, toxicologists, environmental health scientists, consultant physicians, indoor air and emergency response specialists, regulatory inspectors, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, and environmental health educators. She holds a BS degree from Bridgewater State College, and an MS degree from Emmanuel College. In 2003, Condon was named a Distinguished Alumna at Bridgewater State College and received the Adrian Rondileu Award. Additionally, she was appointed and serves as an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Division of Public Health Practice.
Condon recently sat down with NCSL to discuss the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council in consultation with the public and an Advisory Group of outside experts, the strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts. Good health also comes from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.