Interview with Michael Acosta
What is your role with the New York State Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program?
I am an Assistant Director with the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health (BWIAH). Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services is one of three program areas that I oversee.
Tell us a little bit about your background and past work experience.
I have been with the NYS Department of Health for nearly 20 years, and with BWIAH for over 10 years, first as an Assistant Unit Manager, then as a Unit Director, Associate Bureau Director and now Assistant Bureau Director. Most of my experience within the Bureau has been with maternal and infant health community-based programs. These programs have evolved from a focus on early and continuous comprehensive prenatal care to include preconception and inter-conception health/care to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. Prior to working in this Bureau, I worked in the Department’s Office of Minority Health, overseeing a community-based program to address health disparities. I also have worked as a Budgeting Analyst and a Personnel Administrator. My work experience before joining the state includes the private sector, the federal government, and teaching.
What do you like most about your job?
I feel encouraged and supported by Bureau leadership and Division of Family Health leadership. I work in an environment that encourages learning and growth, and embraces opportunities and change.
What are you most excited about in your new role?
I am excited to be learning new program areas, assuming increased responsibilities and expectations, and facing new challenges and opportunities.
What are your interests outside of work?
I come from a large family and live close to most of my siblings. We get together often along with our mother, and nieces and nephews. I enjoy riding my bicycle, doing yardwork, running, and traveling. I aspire to having a small farm to retire to.