NED BAKER, 1950 and 2009

Ned Baker has spent his career keeping the public healthy. After graduating from BG with a biology degree, he began his career as chief sanitarian for the Wood County Health Department. That was the first in a long line of public health positions. Before his retirement in 1992, Baker was director of the Northwest Ohio AHEC Program at the Medical College of Ohio. He has received several awards for his public health service, and also holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and an honorary doctorate in Public Health from BGSU.

In 1992 he was instrumental in forming the National Association of Local Boards of Health, which works to support local boards of health through training and promotion of effective health policy. He was elected its first president in 1992, and was appointed its first executive director in 1995.

In 2000 the Ned E. Baker Lecture Series in Public Health was begun by the National Association of Local Boards of Health and the BGSU College of Health and Human Services. The series recognizes Baker’s service and his vision of governance of public health policy through local boards of health.
Baker, an adjunct faculty member of the College of Health and Human Services, also serves on the advisory committee for the Masters of Public Health degree program, a consortium that includes BGSU, the Medical University of Ohio and the University of Toledo. He also served on a national committee that developed public health goals and objectives for 1990, which set the precedent for the National Healthy People 2000 Program, and was an active member of the Wood County Board of Health.