Former PA Health Secretary is Named USA Today Woman of the Year


Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Administrator Rachel Levine has been named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year. Levine currently serves as the assistant secretary for health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is the first openly transgender four-star officer in the nation as well as the first female four-star officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. USA Today notes that she is “the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official.” Levine served as Pennsylvania’s top-ranking health official from 2017 to 2021. Pres. Joe Biden nominated her to HHS last January and she was confirmed as the nation’s assistant secretary of health by the Senate in March 2021.