STAMFORD, Conn. -- Mayor David Martin introduced Dr. Jennifer Calder, a trained veterinarian who has an expertise in epidemiology, as the new Director of Health for the City of Stamford on Tuesday.
“Dr. Calder is the ideal person to lead the City of Stamford Health Department,” said Mayor David Martin. “Because of her vast experience, Jennifer understands the challenges confronting the City of Stamford and the Health Department. She will work with the community and our community partners to continue to make Stamford a healthy place to live. I am impressed with her knowledge, character and professionalism and I am confident that she will be an excellent Director of Health.”
The Health Department has several divisions with more than 90 employees. Dr. Calder takes over from Interim Health Director David Knauf from Darien, who served after Anne Fountain, the city's director of health for more than five years, accepted a position in the private sector.
Calder has experience in both local and state departments of health, academia, the private sector, and with an international government agency. She previously held the position of faculty member at New York Medical College and Columbia University in the Departments of Epidemiology & Community Health and Epidemiology.
“Dr. Calder brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Director of Health position. She has held positions in City and State Health Departments, has worked in the private sector and has directed epidemiology programs and public health programs," said Thaddeus Jankowski, the city's director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare. "Given her experience and skill set, Jennifer Calder is well prepared to deal with all issues confronting the City of Stamford Health Department. I look forward to working closely with her in providing for the most effective and efficient health programs for the health and safety of Stamford residents.”
Calder has conducted work in many areas of public health, including vaccine preventable diseases, zoonotic and other communicable diseases, outbreak investigation, clinical and regulatory veterinary medicine, and lead surveillance.
She worked on the NYC Bioterrorism Preparedness Plan during its inception and has designed epidemiological studies, surveys, and surveillance systems. In addition, she has conducted healthcare epidemiology and is experienced in molecular diagnostic methodologies, drafting statues, codes, rules and regulations. She was also the program Director for the Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at NYMC and was the head of the Tuskegee University’s MPH planning committee.
Other accomplishments of Calder include the development of a modern infection control program at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center to adhere to current federal, state, city, and other national guidelines, which was successful in stopping tuberculosis transmission within the facility.