Former Michigan Medical Director Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Appointed New Vice President of CVS Health
LANSING, Mich. – Dr. Joneigh Khaldoun, the former medical director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has been appointed vice president and director of health equity for CVS Health.
“(Khaldun’s) expertise in creating solutions to help improve health outcomes will help us continue to address health inequalities for the clients and the communities we serve,” said Kyu. Rhee, senior vice president of CVS Health and medical director of Aetna.
State officials announced on September 24 that Khaldun was accepting a new position outside of state government.
“Thanks to Dr. J’s continued leadership, our state acted quickly with the best data and science available to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save countless lives during the pandemic,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “In the height of COVID-19, we stood side by side to keep our condition safe during one of the most difficult times in our lives. “
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Khaldun was replaced on October 1 by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian while the State searches for a permanent replacement.
“Dr. Khaldun will lead the strategy to advance health equity for patients, members, providers, clients and communities served in all areas of CVS Health’s business,” a statement read. and her team will focus on culturally appropriate delivery of care, ensuring that it is fully integrated into the design and development of clinical and health programs, products, services, interactions and communications. It will also work in collaboration with the entire health system to advance health equity and better support underserved communities.
“As a healthcare innovation company committed to health equity and breaking down the barriers that perpetuate healthcare disparities, Dr. Khaldun joins our team as the leader of healthcare. ‘health equity at a crucial time,’ said Rhee. “His expertise in creating solutions to help improve health outcomes will help us continue to address health inequalities for the clients and the communities we serve. “
“Dr. J has sounded the alarm on COVID-19 disproportionately affecting people of color, and she co-chaired the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which has made significant progress toward reducing rate disparities COVID-19 mortality rates for Michiganders of color, “Whitmer said.” While we wish we could keep Dr. J at the helm, I wish her well as she moves on to a well-deserved opportunity. The State of Michigan and I are extremely grateful for your service.
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