Ralph R. Van Houten, MS, is director of the Regional Environmental Health Program, Western Region, New York State Department of Health based in Rochester, New York.
Van Houten is responsible for environmental health programs in 17 counties of Western New York, and oversight of two district offices (Geneva and Hornell) and two field offices (Rochester and Buffalo).
Van Houten's career has been in environmental health. Previously he was director of environmental health for the Livingston County Department of Health based in Mt. Morris, New York. He was also an environmental protection regional engineer for the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Protection based in Pittsford, Vermont.