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APHA welcomes President-elect Biden’s nomination of Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary for HHS

Date: Jan 19 2021

Contact: APHA Media Relations

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2020 — Today, I am glad to express my support for the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health. She is a well-qualified and dedicated public servant with the demonstrated experience, skills and expertise needed for our country to strongly prevail and emerge from this deadly pandemic.

Her current work leading Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 response as the state’s secretary of health has protected countless individuals and the critical health care infrastructure needed to respond to this crisis. I am confident she will bring the same leadership to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as she works with the rest of the president-elect’s impressive health team to protect and improve the health of the public.

I applaud this historic nomination of Dr. Levine, which also paves the way for the first openly transgender nominee to be confirmed by the Senate, and I continue to celebrate the overall diversity represented to date in the nominations to the president-elect’s cabinet. 


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