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Allentown names new health director

The City of Allentown has announced David Synnamon was named the new director for the Allentown Health Bureau starting Aug. 8.

Synnamon served as the injury prevention manager for the city’s health bureau since 2014.

He also served as the city’s deputy vaccine coordinator during the COVID-19 vaccination effort under the leadership of Vicky Kistler, the now Community and Economic Development director.

“David was selected from a talented group of applicants and was supported in appointment by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allentown Board of Health,” Kistler said. “As past director of the Allentown Health Bureau, I wholeheartedly support David in his new position.

“It’s exciting to pass the baton to such a talented individual.”

In addition to managing day-to-day operations at the health bureau, Synnamon will provide guidance for public health responses and oversee enforcement of public health laws and regulations as director.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the next director for the Allentown Health Bureau,” Synnamon said. “There is so much opportunity to expand public health throughout the city.

“The team we have here at the health bureau is second to none and I know in the coming weeks, months, and years we can do great things to help the residents of Allentown and to protect and promote their health outcomes.”

Synnamon has a Master’s degree in public health from Drexel University.