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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2011

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DHHS Announces New Administrator for Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces a new administrator for its Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity. Josie Rodriguez has accepted the position and will join DHHS on September 6.

“Addressing health disparities is one of my top priorities,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Josie’s experience and leadership will play a critical role in closing the gap and helping more Nebraskans live healthier lives.”

Research shows poor health outcomes occur among racial/ethnic minorities often as much as five times the rates for whites, and racial/ethnic minorities are far more likely to die from health conditions, illnesses, and diseases, that are often preventable.

“My background in public health and minority health will serve Nebraskans well in this position. I’m eager to get started and move us closer to eliminating health disparities in our state,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez comes to DHHS from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office where she worked for five years as the Latino and Senior Consumer Protection Outreach Coordinator. Prior to that, she worked for DHHS for 14 years in several positions including health program manager for the Third Congressional District Office of Minority Health in Lexington. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in human and social service administration from Bellevue University.

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