Joint Boards of Health and Hospitals

The Joint Boards of Health and Hospitals advise the director of health on matters relating to public health and hospitals.

About the Board

The Joint Board of Health and Hospitals generally meets the third Thursday of the month, at 8:00 AM via Zoom. These meetings are open to the public. Advance notification of the meeting and agenda are posted in the online calendar at

Meeting Materials

Joint Board of Health and Hospitals Agenda - 11/16/2023
Joint Board of Health and Hospitals Community Engagement Committee Agenda - 11/06/2023
Joint Board of Health and Hospitals Agenda - 10/19/2023

Proclamations and Resolutions

Upcoming Events

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View past events and meetings.

Members of the Board

Serena Muhammad - Chairperson

photo of Serena MuhammadSerena Muhammad currently serves as the Chairperson of the City of St. Louis Board of Health and Hospitals. Ms. Muhammad has also served as the Founding Board Chair of Build Missouri Health - an affiliated nonprofit of the Missouri Foundation for Health. Serena received her B.A in English from Xavier University in Louisiana and her M.F.A. and M.P.P.A. from University of Missouri – St. Louis.






Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D - Vice Chairperson

Dr Timothy McBrideTimothy McBride, Ph.D, is currently a Professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. McBride, who received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, focuses his research in the areas of health economics, health policy, and aging. In particular, most of his research focuses on Medicare policy, health reform, the uninsured and insurance markets, rural health, Medicaid, and long-term care. 




Cory Bradley, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

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Cyril D. Loum

Cyril D. LoumCyril D. Loum serves as the Executive Director of Caring Ministries, Inc., which serves low-income families, immigrants, and refugees in becoming self-sufficient and finding sustainable housing in St. Louis. He also teaches at St. Louis University as an Adjunct Professor. Loum immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. He has earned degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a master’s degree in Legal Studies.




Colleen McNicholas, DO MSCI, FACOG

Photo of Dr. Colleen McNicholasColleen McNicholas, DO MSCI, FACOG, is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, her Fellowship in Family Planning, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. She remained on faculty there for six years achieving the rank of Associate Professor before joining Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri as the first ever Chief Medical Officer





Alma Poljarevic Baigi, Ph.D, LMFT, LPC

Board Health Alma PoljarevicAlma Poljarevic Baigi, Ph.D, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. She is currently working in private practice, providing therapy to individuals and couples/families. She moved to the USA at age 17 as a refugee from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her focus is working with minority groups who have experienced loss and trauma. Dr. Baigi completed both her MA and Ph.D. degree at Saint Louis University. She has been a member of the board since February 2016.





Linda L. Raclin, J.D., LL.M.

Linda L. Raclin, J.D., LL.M.Linda Raclin, J.D., LL.M.,  is currently a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy, and Chair of the Health Policy Analysis Specialization, at the Brown School in Washington University in St. Louis.  She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, her law degree from the Catholic University of America, and her master of laws degree from St. Louis University Law School. Before moving to St. Louis, Ms. Raclin was an attorney in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on a variety of health and environmental issues. Ms. Raclin is a member of the American Health Law Association and the Network for Public Health Law.



Enbal Shacham, Ph.D

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Christin Simpson, NP

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Melissa Tepe, MD

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