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John Wiesman Named Washington Secretary of Health

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington, will be the next Washington Secretary of Health.
John Wiesman Named Washington Secretary of Health

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington, will be the next Washington Secretary of Health.

March 14, 2013

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, has been chosen by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as Washington State’s next Secretary of Health. Wiesman steps into this role after serving almost nine years as Director of Clark County Public Health. Wiesman replaces Mary Selecky who served as Secretary of Health from 1999 to 2013.

Wiesman and his colleagues at Clark County Public Health have been valued NWCPHP partners  through the years. From 2009 to 2012, the department participated in a three-year project that studied the health impacts of climate change in specific communities. That work was included in The Growing Healthier Report, which focused on eight elements related to health and the built environment. The report formed policy recommendations for incorporation into the county’s comprehensive growth management plan update.

In the past, Clark County Public Health staff also contributed important articles to Northwest Public Health, a journal for the regional public health practice community which is funded by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

During his time as Director at Clark County Public Health, Wiesman oversaw a successful restructuring that transitioned public health clinic services from the department to a Federally Qualified Health Center. He also transformed his agency into a first responder organization and worked with Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties, as well as the Cowlitz tribe, to form a regional response plan. This plan was tested when all five entities delegated their H1N1 incident command to a single incident management team. The group pushed the transformation even further by delegating management of that response for a number of weeks to the region’s Type III all-hazards incident management team.

"John's approach to public health programs and challenges is analytic, innovative and practical," says Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Public Health and former director of  NWCPHP. "It has been a pleasure to work with John in his various local, state and national roles, and we look forward to partnering with him in his new role for public health innovation and excellence."

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