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Minnesotans Respond to Governor Dayton’s Appointment of Jan Malcolm to Serve as Commissioner of Health

1/30/2018 2:01:13 PM

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today appointed Jan Malcolm to serve as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Read what Minnesotans are saying about Governor Dayton’s appointment below.
“It has been a privilege to work with Jan Malcolm. Her commitment to better health for all Minnesotans is unwavering, and her partnership in bringing Courage Center into Allina Health, as well as her leadership of our public affairs work, was a model for prioritizing the needs of those we serve. Jan is an excellent choice to lead the Minnesota Department of Health. She has already served adeptly in this role and knows the work. There is no better choice for the Commissioner’s Office.”
– Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO of Allina Health
“Jan Malcolm's highly accomplished career in public health, clinic administration, health policy and state government makes her a strong commissioner. It was a pleasure working with her as Health Commissioner earlier in both of our careers and I know she'll do all she can to improve the health of all Minnesotans."
– Jim Schowalter, President of Minnesota Council of Health Plans
“Jan Malcolm is a respected administrator, with decades of public health leadership experience. Jan’s prior service as the Minnesota Commissioner of Health leave her well-prepared to step back into this role. I look forward to working with Jan to further strengthen the Health Department’s Office of Health Facility Complaints and protect vulnerable Minnesotans from maltreatment, abuse, and neglect.”
– Commissioner Emily Piper, Minnesota Department of Human Services
“Jan was an extraordinary Board member for the Bush Foundation. She was a dedicated Board chair and always demonstrated deep concern for the people and communities we serve. Having led the agency before, and with considerable experience since, she is positioned to serve the state well.”
– Jen Ford Reedy, President of the Bush Foundation
“Having worked with Jan Malcolm, I know she is a proven expert in public health. She understands and values the importance of safe, clean water, air that is healthy to breathe, and a healthy environment for all Minnesotans. She will be a trusted partner in environmental protection and restoration.”
– Commissioner John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
“Jan Malcolm understands the complexities of Minnesota’s food supply chain from farm to table. We look forward to working with Commissioner Malcolm and the Department of Health to continue to ensure a safe food supply for all Minnesotans.”
– Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
“Safe, affordable housing and health often go hand-in-hand. Jan Malcolm will bring a diverse range of public, private, and non-profit to the Minnesota Department of Health. I look forward to working with Commissioner Malcolm to advance the well-being of vulnerable Minnesotans and their families.”
– Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
“With experience leading the Minnesota Health Department and a health care provider system, Jan Malcolm appreciates the importance of quality, affordable health care. We look forward to working with Commissioner Malcolm and the Department of Health to help ensure all Minnesotans have access to health care coverage.”
– Commissioner Jessica Looman, Minnesota Department of Commerce
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