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Assistant Secretary for Health

Wanda K. Jones, Dr.P.H.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Wanda Jones is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was appointed to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary position in November 2009.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is charged with leadership in developing policy recommendations as they pertain to public health issues that cut across HHS agencies and operating divisions. The ASH coordinates research, programs and policy activities among its 12 core public health offices and various HHS components. Dr. Jones actively participates in the Department's efforts concerning global health, disaster recovery, Healthy People 2020, and a range of other issues.

Dr. Jones joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1987 as an HIV laboratory trainer. In 1990, she became the Assistant Director for Science in the Office of the Associate Director for HIV/AIDS, where she was active in policy issues related to HIV laboratory testing, women and AIDS, HIV vaccine development and health care workers. Prior to coming to HHS, she served as the Associate Director for Women's Health at the CDC.

Dr. Jones has long been recognized for her leadership in the federal and state public health communities. From February 1998 until December 2009, Dr. Jones was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women’s Health) and the Director of the Office on Women's Health. In that capacity, she emphasized the elimination of health disparities, addressing HIV/AIDS, supporting women with disabilities, and helping women have better access to healthcare services and programs. During that same time, the HHS Coordinating Committee on Women's Health, led by Dr. Jones, supported initiatives to address women’s health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, lupus, breastfeeding, and mental health.

A Penn State graduate in medical technology, she has worked in an inner city blood bank and its hematology laboratory; in a small town hospital as its night shift technologist and then as its microbiologist; and for a state public health laboratory as a laboratory improvement consultant. She obtained her doctorate in Public Health Laboratory Practice from the University of North Carolina.


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Content last reviewed on August 6, 2014