Thomas Quade, Geauga County Public Health


Thomas Quade
Health Commissioner
Geauga County Public Health

Tom is the County Health Commissioner for Geauga County, Ohio. Prior to that, he served as the Health Commissioner for Marion County, Ohio for more than five years, the Deputy Health Commissioner in Summit County, Ohio for three years, and a decade of public health service beginning in 2000 and culminating in his appointment as the Interim Director of Health for the City of Akron, Ohio health department.

Mr. Quade’s commitment to public health is underscored by decades of volunteer state and national leadership. He is a Past President of both the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). He served on the Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health advisory committee, on the national Public Health Accreditation Board’s accreditation committee, and on the selection panel for the De Beaumont Foundation’s “40 under 40 in Public Health”. He is a Board Member on the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has served as the keynote speaker for state public health conferences across the country on health equity and the need for novel community partners.

He is a member of the Special Olympics International Center for Inclusive Health’s Advisory Committee. He served as the chairperson for the national workgroup on health and disability for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He is the current President of the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

He has had numerous columns published in “The Nation’s Health” and he co-authored the chapter “The Structure and Function of the Public Health System in the United States” in the 16th edition of “Public Health and Preventive Medicine”. Mr. Quade has received a number of professional recognitions over the course of his career, including recognition from the Ohio General Assembly for national leadership in the field of public health in 2015 and the John D. Porterfield Distinguished Service Award in 2019.