President Obama has appointed Dr. Mary Wakefield, one of the nation’s top rural health care professionals, as Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Dr. Wakefield was most recently the Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she was a tenured professor and Director of the Center for Rural Health. Her experience as a nurse, a Ph.D, and a leading rural healthcare advocate make her uniquely qualified to lead HRSA as President Obama endeavors to expand access to the uninsured and underserved in our current health system.
Dr. Wakefield will also been instrumental in working with the staff of HRSA and across the entire Department to administer the $2.5 billion that has been allocated to HRSA through the Recovery Act. With funding going directly to the Community Health Centers and innovative workforce and training programs we hope Dr. Wakefield and the HRSA team will be able to get relief to Americans who have been unable to access care and coverage.
“It’s an honor to join President Obama’s health care team and be part of his effort to get health care and critical care personnel to communities and areas of the country that need it most,” said Dr. Wakefield. “The Recovery Act presents us with a tremendous opportunity to get help to Americans without coverage or health care very quickly… As we work to improve and expand the services our Community Health Centers offer, we will bring critical services to populations who haven’t been able to access or afford care for years.”
Dr. Wakefield’s complete bio is available here.