Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She leads development of HHS-wide health policy recommendations, oversees 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General, and 10 regional offices and advisory committees.
Dr. DeSalvo also previously served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, leading the nation’s charge to develop an interoperable health IT system.
Dr. DeSalvo is the former Health Commissioner in New Orleans and was previously vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. She has focused her career on bringing better health and health care for everyone with attention to the social determinants of health.
Dr. DeSalvo earned her medical degree and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.
Recent Posts by Karen DeSalvo
While we have made great advances in public health, life expectancy in the United States has been stagnant for three years in a row. Public health needs to innovate and reinvent itself so that we have what it takes to ensure that the American people are healthy, ready, and competitive in this...
The US has seen a historic health IT transformation, moving from a primarily paper-based health system to one where virtually everyone has a digital footprint of their care.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and CVS Health recently formed a public-private partnership aiming to increase awareness of the availability of convenient, consumer-centered, recommended preventive services using healthfinder.gov.
Ten years ago, the nation watched in shock as Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. While we mark this 10-year anniversary with remarkable progress, we must acknowledge an ever growing obstacle: a national attention deficit.
The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology discusses her view of the health information technology landscape and outlines an agenda for her office.
From The National Coordinator For Health IT: The Federal Strategy For Collecting, Sharing, And Using Electronic Health Information
Making our nation’s health and wellness infrastructure interoperable is a top priority for the Administration, and government plays a vital role in advancing this effort. Federal agencies are purchasers, regulators, and users of health information technology (health IT), as they set policy and...