Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick named Belmont resident and Chair of the Belmont Board of Health David Alper to the state's Prevention and Wellness Commission.
A member of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society, Alper joins the commission which makes recommendations to the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health concerning the administration and allocation of a $60 million Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund in four years. At least 75 percent of these funds are to be distributed as grants to community-based partnerships including municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations and schools.
The fund's goal is to provide research-based interventions that will reduce health care costs by preventing chronic conditions.