New DOH Deputy Secretary named

A new deputy secretary for health has been named: Steven L. Harris, MD, PhD, FACP. State Surgeon General Frank Farmer made the announcement, effective August 19.

Prior to this post, Harris was Health Officer and Medical Director for the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department. Before the Dallas post, he was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Country Director in Haiti for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. Harris will be responsible for the public health programs, activities and functions, including the Healthy Start program.