Alumna Tiana Davis ‘17MPH Announced as Springfield Deputy Public Health Commissioner

UMass Amherst alumna Tiana Davis (center) with Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno (left) and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris (right)

Tiana Davis (center) with Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno (left) and
Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris (right).
Photo courtesy Springfield Mayor's Office.

July 28, 2021

Health promotion and policy alumna Tiana Davis ‘17MPH has been appointed as the new Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced the appointment in a press release issued earlier this month.

Per the release, Davis previously served as the Clinical Manager for the City of Springfield’s Health and Human Services for the Homeless Health Center. Prior to joining the City’s Department of HHS as a Clinical Health Manager, Davis was a Benefits Eligibility Referral Social Worker at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services. She served for eight years at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, working in a variety of medically-related disciplines. Since 2019, as Clinical Health Manager for the City’s Health Center that serves homeless and other vulnerable populations throughout Springfield as well as Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties, Davis coordinated Health Center operations related to patient care, staff development and training, program data collection and billing, and managed contracts with community partners.

Mayor Sarno stated, “It was great to welcome our new Health and Human Services Deputy Public Health Commissioner Tiana Davis. HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and I are glad to have Ms. Davis on board. Ms. Davis is highly qualified and is no stranger to community and public health work. Her experience, education and passion to helping our community is commendable and I have no doubts that she will serve our residents and business community with distinction. Public health is always important, but sometimes is taken for granted. Public health’s importance was never magnified more than with our continued battle to defeat this COVID-19 pandemic. I’d again like to give a big shout out to our whole city team, especially HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, for their unyielding efforts to defeat COVID-19. Special thanks too to our residents, business community and all medical professionals and first responders, frontline workers and their families who many a times were taken for granted on the importance of their efforts.”

HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris stated, “I am excited that Tiana Davis has accepted the position of Deputy Public Health Commissioner. Ms. Davis is a strong and capable public health professional who has built strong community relationships in the City of Springfield and her attention to detail and her work ethic has helped our Health Center thrive. I am confident she will excel in this new role and position.”

Deputy Commissioner Davis stated, “I want to thank Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris for their vote of confidence. I am excited to work together with our dedicated city team and our residents in this new capacity.”

A lifelong resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College in addition to her MPH degree from UMass Amherst.