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Pennsylvania Senate Confirms Dr. Debra L. Bogen as Secretary of Health

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently confirmed Dr. Debra L. Bogen as Secretary of the Department of Health, following her appointment by Governor Josh Shapiro. Dr. Bogen, a veteran pediatrician with over thirty years of experience, previously served as the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Governor Shapiro praised Dr. Bogen for her leadership and dedication to public health, highlighting her efforts to ensure accessible healthcare for all Pennsylvanians and her role in managing health emergencies.

Since her appointment, Dr. Bogen has focused on several key initiatives, including:

  • Establishing the Long-Term Care Transformation Office to improve the long-term care sector, including a $14.2 million investment in infrastructure and staff training.
  • Launching the Division of Maternal Health Services to enhance maternal health, particularly for Black women who face higher risks during and after pregnancy.
  • Collaborating with emergency medical services to address sector challenges and initiating a $1 million tuition assistance program for EMS professionals.
  • Leading the public health response to the Norfolk Southern train derailment, impacting Pennsylvania residents.
  • Regulating the use of xylazine, a sedative found in the illicit drug supply.
  • Expanding access to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program through mobile clinics.

Dr. Bogen’s academic background includes positions at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, focusing on pediatrics, psychiatry, and clinical research, particularly on the effects of mental health and substance use on families. She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For more details on the Department of Health’s initiatives and services, visit their official website.

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