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DOH Acting Secretary Resigns

Wolf plans to name Pa. physician general to secretary role

April 18, 2022

Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter is resigning effective April 22, Governor Wolf announced today.

In a statement this afternoon, Governor Wolf said he plans to name Dr. Denise Johnson, Pennsylvania’s physician general, to replace Klinepeter in the role.

Klinepeter has served as acting secretary for the Department of Health (DOH) since the start of 2022, replacing former Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam. Prior to her appointment, Klinepeter served as executive deputy secretary and special advisor during the state’s pandemic response, and as the state’s director of rural health innovation.

Governor Wolf applauded Klinepeter for her service and for her “guidance to prepare for the endemic phase of the pandemic.”

In a statement, Dr. Johnson said she looks forward to leading the department and promoting the health of Pennsylvanians.

“The pandemic has changed many aspects of public health here in Pennsylvania and nationwide,” Dr. Johnson said in a statement. “I am honored to the lead the department during this transformative time in public health and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the tremendous employees at the Department of Health and ensuring our health remains a top priority throughout the commonwealth.”

HAP looks forward to continued collaboration with Dr. Johnson and the DOH as they coordinate the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the state’s critical health care priorities.

For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy.