Assistant Secretary for Health

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Assistant Secretary for Health
United States Public Health Service (seal).svg
ADM Brett P. Giroir, USPHS.jpg
Incumbent
Admiral Brett P. Giroir

since February 15, 2018
FormationNovember 2, 1965;53 years ago (1965-11-02)
First holder Philip R. Lee
Website Official website

The Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) serves as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services's primary advisor on matters involving the nation's public health and, if serving as an active member in the regular corps, is the highest ranking uniformed officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC). The ASH oversees all matters pertaining to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), the main division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the Secretary as well as provide strategic and policy direction for the PHSCC. The PHS comprises almost all the agency divisions of the HHS as well as the PHSCC, a uniformed service of more than 6,700 health professionals who serve at the HHS, other federal agencies, and/or are assigned details to the armed forces. The ASH is a civilian or a uniformed member of the regular corps and is nominated for appointment by the President. The nominee must also be confirmed by the Senate. The ASH serves a four-year term of office at the pleasure of the President. If the appointee is a serving member of the regular corps, he or she is also appointed as a four-star admiral in the regular corps. [1] [2] The President may also nominate a civilian appointee to also be appointed a direct commission into the regular corps if the nominee so chooses. [2] [3] As such the position of ASH is the only office in the PHS that merits a four-star grade in the regular corps. The Assistant Secretary's office and staff are known as the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). The current Assistant Secretary for Health is Admiral Brett Giroir.

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History

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs was established on January 1, 1967 following the Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1966. The plan allowed the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to restructure the Public Health Service to better serve public health. [4] The office was renamed to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health following the Department of Education Organization Act in 1972. [4]

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

As of 2018, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health oversees 12 core public health offices, 10 regional health offices, and 10 presidential and secretarial advisory committees. [5] Prior to 2010, the Office was known as the Office of Public Health and Science. [6]

The stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of the Assistant Secretary for Health if serving in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. US PHS O10 insignia.svg
The stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of the Assistant Secretary for Health if serving in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

List of Assistant Secretaries for Health

#NamePhotoTerm of officeAppointed by
StartEnd
1 Philip R. Lee





November 2, 19651969 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Roger O. Egeberg





July 14, 19691971 Richard Nixon
3 Merlin K. DuVal





July 1, 1971January 20, 1973
4 Charles C. Edwards Charles C. Edwards.jpg April 18, 1973January 5, 1975
5Dr. Theodore Cooper





July 1, 19751977
6 VADM Julius B. Richmond Julius Richmond, Surgeon General official photo.jpg 19771981 Jimmy Carter
7 Edward N. Brandt, Jr.





May 14, 19811984 Ronald Reagan
8 Robert E. Windom





19861989
9 ADM James O. Mason James O. Mason.jpg 19891993 George H. W. Bush
10 Philip R. Lee





July 2, 19931998 Bill Clinton
11ADM David Satcher David Satcher official photo portrait.jpg February 13, 1998January 2001
12 Eve Slater





February 8, 2002February 5, 2003 George W. Bush
(Acting) RADM Cristina V. Beato





February 5, 2003December 17, 2005
13ADM John O. Agwunobi John O Agwunobi.jpg December 17, 2005September 4, 2007
14ADM Joxel García ADM Joxel Garcia.jpg March 28, 2008January 20, 2009
(Acting)RADM Steven K. Galson Steven K Galson.jpg January 22, 2009June 22, 2009 Barack Obama
15 Howard K. Koh Howard K. Koh.jpg June 22, 2009August 2014
(Acting) Karen B. DeSalvo





August 2014February 10, 2017
(Acting) Don J. Wright Don J. Wright official portrait.jpg February 10, 2017February 15, 2018 Donald Trump
16ADM Brett P. Giroir ADM Brett P. Giroir, USPHS.jpg February 15, 2018Incumbent

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References

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  2. 1 2 "42 USC 207. Grades, ranks, and titles of commissioned corps" . Retrieved 2008-01-19.
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  4. 1 2 Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health [OASH].
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