Anchorage’s official epidemiologist, Dr. Janet Johnston, has left the municipality to become senior epidemiologist with the liver disease and hepatitis program at ANTHC, starting Monday.
In a call to Alaska Public Media, she said that with the Bronson Administration, it was the “right time for me to leave.”
Johnston has a PhD and a master’s of public health in epidemiology and a master’s degree in mathematics. Her job at the municipality has been paid for with CARES Act funds and other federal funds and was not intended to be permanent.
Johnston took part in weekly public updates with the former mayor and acting mayor, and advised the municipality on matters relating to vaccines and mitigation of the spread of Covid-19.
Prior to joining the Anchorage Health Department, she was director of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health’s Division of Health Sciences and Applied Health Research.