WASHINGTON – This week, Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH began her tenure as Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Cohen is one of the nation’s top health leaders, previously leading the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she oversaw the state’s Medicaid expansion and response to COVID-19, and launched the country’s first statewide coordination platform, NCCARE360.

Juliet K. Choi, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released the following statement:

“Dr. Cohen is a transformative leader with a depth of experience serving in executive level roles in both the public and private sectors. As a physician and administrator, she understands the need for holistic care, taking into account the unique needs of different communities.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Cohen and the CDC to continue to improve the health and well-being of all communities in the country.”

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.