Joseph S. Palm, MPH
Chief, Office of Minority Health
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Joseph Palm is a native of St. Louis and an extensive world traveler. He received an associate’s degree from Forest Park Community College as well as a bachelor’s degree and an MPH from the St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Mr. Palm was appointed as Chief of the Office of Minority Health in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) in 2009. His responsibilities include monitoring the progress of all health department programs to determine their impact on eliminating health disparities, increasing health equity, and ensuring cultural competency and sensitivity. He serves as a key advisor to the MDHSS Director on various health issues that affect minorities. He also serves as a liaison to the Missouri General Assembly.

Mr. Palm previously held several positions in local and state government:
  • Firefighter for the city of St. Louis 
  • Assistant to the Chief of Staff in both the City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office and the Missouri First Congressional District Representative 
  • Legislative Researcher for a former Missouri State Representative 
  • Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Community Director for the Betty Jean Kerr-People’s Health Centers (PHC) 
Mr. Palm’s position at the PHC included expanding the organization to three locations, assisting in the creation of mini-health clinics in St. Louis public schools; and assisting in the development of housing for low- to moderate-income populations, disabled persons, and seniors.

Mr. Palm was the recipient of the 2016 Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Public Service Award and the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from St. Louis University’s Black Alumni Association. He also was recognized by Ritenour High School as a distinguished alumnus. He is the proud father of three adult children.