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Landrieu Picks New Head Of Health For New Orleans
Written by  // Tuesday, 14 December 2010 14:57 //

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu introduced new Health leadership for the City of New Orleans.  Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo will serve as Health Commissioner and Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Health Policy, a position in which she will oversee health policy, public health initiatives and coordination of a citywide health and health care master plan.  Charlotte Parent, currently Acting Deputy Director, will serve as Deputy Director of the City’s Health Department in charge of day-to-day operations.

 

"Our health statistics have consistently been bleak, and with all we have going on in health care from new hospitals to sustaining a national-model primary care network to the transformation of our Health Department, it’s important that the City have someone like Dr. DeSalvo that can facilitate the kind of partnerships that have brought about our status as the epicenter for health care innovation,” said Mayor Landrieu.  “Dr. DeSalvo’s broad background in hospital and clinic administration, public health policy, population research and medical education is unmatched. Her work post-Katrina has led to better, neighborhood-based care for low income, uninsured, and other vulnerable populations. We are truly pleased to welcome a leader of her caliber aboard and will work together to improve health outcomes for our residents. "

 

“I am honored to become part of Mayor Landrieu’s administration and look forward to leading our city into a healthier future,” said Dr. DeSalvo.

 

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is currently a professor of medicine at the Tulane School of Medicine and holds the C. Thorpe Ray Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine.  She also serves as vice dean for community affairs and health policy and has responsibility for implementing the Medical School's mission to build healthier communities.   Dr. DeSalvo has been a leader in health sector recovery and health care reform efforts since Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, as Chair of 504HealthNet, a post-Katrina consortium of community

health providers, Dr. DeSalvo was instrumental in working with Mayor Landrieu to secure state and federal funding to sustain the region’s network of 87 primary care health clinics which has been cited as a national model for delivering quality, patient-centered care.  She will start with the City in January 2011.

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