Thompson Names Elizabeth Duke HRSA Administrator
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson yesterday named Elizabeth Duke to serve as administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA, which has more than 2,000 employees, administers a wide range of programs at the national, state and local level. Those programs include the Community and Migrant Health Centers program, the National Health Service Corps and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. HRSA's 2002 budget -- $6.5 billion -- is the second-largest among the eight agencies of the U.S. Public Health Service. Duke has been serving as the acting HRSA administrator since March 2001, and has held positions at HHS for the past 15 years. From 1997 to 2001, Duke served as deputy assistant secretary for administration in HHS' Administration for Children and Families. From 1986 to 1997, Duke was the principal deputy assistant secretary for management and budget at HHS. Thompson said, "In the past year, Betty Duke has taken the reins of this agency in a decisive and positive manner. She will provide the leadership, compassion and integrity that must be the hallmarks of this agency" (HHS release, 3/6).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.