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Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson

Acting Secretary of Health & Physician General

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

She has served one year in her position.

Johnson said the opportunity to positively impact the health of Pennsylvanians is an incredible honor. “Our work here really does make a difference. This position also affords me the ability to address health disparities and promote health equity,” she said.

She said the department is facilitating a transformation in health care delivery.

“For a very long time, we have put most of our efforts into episodic treatment of illness. We are now more focused on prevention of disease and enabling physical as well as mental wellness. We are also taking a more holistic approach and recognizing that the social determinants of health, safe housing, food security, and financial stability etc. can have a greater impact on health than medicines,” Johnson said.

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This profile is part of CPBJ's Healthcare Power 30 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.

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