Allegheny Health Department

Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Karen Hacker Enthusiastic About New Direction of Public Health in Allegheny County

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5WESA

As new Allegheny County Health Department Director Karen Hacker comes into office, she faces a range of public health concerns. From smoking, obesity and air quality to green infrastructure and fracking issues, Dr. Hacker will be tackling a number of community health matters.

Many worry whether the department has the resources it needs to enforce all the state and county regulations under its purview, but Dr. Hacker says she has already received unique support from the public and from advocacy groups.

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E. coli
7:28 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Several Cases of E. Coli Reported at The Porch

The Porch restaurant in Oakland closed Wednesday in response to several E. coli cases among employees and customers.

The restaurant voluntarily closed for the day, but has been approved by the Health Department to re-open Thursday.

Karen Hacker, Director of Allegheny Health Department, said the restaurant is undergoing extensive cleaning.

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