Working to Make Philadelphians Healthier

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Dr. Cheryl Bettigole is the Director of Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She is a board certified family physician and has previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Complete Care Health Network, a federally qualified community/migrant health center in southern New Jersey, and as a Family Physician and Clinical Director with Philadelphia’s City Health Centers, where she saw patients for more than 12 years. While with the city health centers in Philadelphia, she worked to improve services for patients of limited English proficiency and to implement chronic disease management programs. She is also a Past-President of the National Physicians Alliance.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Jefferson Medical College, completed her residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and completed her MA in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she received a Capstone award for her work on interpretation services in a public health clinic setting.


This session is a roundup of current and recent public health policy initiatives in Philadelphia related to the prevention of chronic conditions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the structure and projected impact of Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened drinks.
  2. Discuss Philadelphia’s new retail tobacco regulations and the background behind their implementation.
  3. Explain the impact of flavored tobacco and its relationship to health disparities in Philadelphia.

Presentation: 47:28