Christopher Atchison, MPA

Former Director of Iowa’s Hygienic Laboratory and Former Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health

Chris AtchisonChristopher Atchison, MPA, is the former Director of Iowa’s Hygienic Laboratory and former Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Mr. Atchison held secondary appointments in the College of Nursing and the Public Policy Center, and also served on the Iowa Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council, co-chaired the Partnership for Better Health, and was on the Board of the Child and Family Policy Center and on the Steering Committee for the National Academy of State Health Policy. Mr. Atchision was also Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public Health Laboratories. He served as Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (1991-1999) and was the inaugural chair of the Iowa Child Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). He was vice-chair of Healthy Iowans 2010, the Long Term Care Coordinating Council and was a member of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Task Force and the Iowa Empowerment Board. Mr. Atchison was President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in 1994-1995. In 1998 he received ASTHO’s Arthur T. McCormack Award for his contributions to public health practice. He served on the PHAB Accreditation Committee for eight years.