Jeanine S. Arrighi,
Acting Director / Commissioner
City of St. Louis Department of Health
Jeanine S. Arrighi, MS, MPPA, was appointed to be the Acting Director and Commissioner of the Department of Health in July 2014. She previously served as a Health Services Manager II for the City of St. Louis Department of Health since 2004, most recently as the Bureau Chief for Environmental Health Services, which encompasses air pollution control, community sanitation, food and beverage control, animal care and control, vector control, and emergency preparedness. Prior to that, Ms. Arrighi served as the Manager for Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) and for the Center for Health Information Planning and Research (CHIPR). During her tenure with the CEH’s Lead Safe St. Louis Program, the rate of lead poisoning in the City dropped from 13.6% in 2003 to 2.0% in 2013. Under Ms. Arrighi's leadership CHIPR provided epidemiology services for the department and the community regularly updating its periodic publication of Public Health – Understanding Our Needs, a ZIP Code by ZIP Code look at the health of St. Louis’ citizens.
Ms. Arrighi has practiced consulting, training, and public policy administration for building-related environmental hazard controls since 1986, after earning a B.A in Art Teaching, an M.S. in Special Education, and a B.Arch. in Architecture. While participating in the CDC's Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute in 2010, Ms. Arrighi completed her Master of Public Policy Administration and earned a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Ms. Arrighi’s enthusiasm for lifetime learning infuses her eagerness for workforce development and mentoring practicum students and interns. Over the past ten years, more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students have had opportunities to experience local public health practice with Ms. Arrighi in projects ranging from innovations in lead poisoning prevention through recruitment of pregnant mothers to have their homes remediated of lead hazards before their babies were born to development of policy around administrative citation fines and re-establishing a mosquito surveillance program to help control vector-borne disease. Ms. Arrighi encourages students to recognize their divinely-endowed gifts and to follow those passions in their work.
Under Ms. Arrighi’s direction the following awards were received by Lead Safe St. Louis: 2005 EPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award – Lead Safe St. Louis Task Force. The Lead Safe St. Louis Mayor’s Task Force of City Agencies, community- and faith-based organizations has been an effective power for programming and policy development to help reduce the rate of childhood lead poisoning in St. Louis from 13.6 percent in 2003 down to 3.7 percent in 2008; 2008 Quality of Life Award – Lead Safe St. Louis, Mayor Francis G. Slay. The Mayor recognized the program for its achievements in improving the quality of children’s lives in St. Louis with the reduction of childhood lead poisoning; and 2009 STL TV Star – Lead Safe St. Louis, City of St. Louis Communications Division. The City-owned television station, STL TV recognized Lead Safe St. Louis for its effective use of television, radio, print, and outdoor media to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
Ms Arrighi has been recognized by the following honors: 2011 Institute Salute Community Champion, Institute for Family Medicine, “For significant and unselfish contributions to improve the well-being of people of limited resources;” 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award – University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Administration, “In recognition of distinguished career, service to the community, and to the PPA Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis;” and 2017 Gamma Sigma Chapter of Delta Omega Society – Honorary Society in Public Health, “Selected by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis as an elected member of the honorary public health society.”