The Health Department is closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Dr Chen outside Health Dept Sign

Director of Health

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Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, brings a passion for community to strategic health leadership.

Anthony L-T Chen is the Director of Health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. As the chief health strategist for Pierce County, he promotes a policy, systems and environmental change approach to advance the Health Department’s vision of healthy people and healthy communities.

Chen has a passion for health equity, bringing a personal commitment to the health department’s mission: to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County.

During his career, he has developed expertise in:

  • Community health planning and program development.
  • Quality and systems improvement.
  • Access to healthcare.
  • Cross-cultural medicine and cultural competency in healthcare.

Chen serves on state and national public health committees; regional planning bodies; and local, state and congressional district committees on healthcare access and reform.

A Duke University medical school graduate, he completed family medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and a faculty development fellowship at Duke University. He received his Masters of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health and has taught at medical centers and universities.

Chen is a member of Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8 and on the boards of Tacoma Goodwill Industries and Tacoma Art Museum.