Perspectives on Health Policy from the Assistant Secretary for Health

Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., is the 16th Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He serves as the Secretary’s principal public health and science advisor and is responsible for coordinating HHS’s efforts across the Administration to fight America’s opioid crisis.  He also oversees the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. His office leads many critical national initiatives, including an historic new plan to end the HIV epidemic in America, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; the National Vaccine Plan; and a cross-agency effort to improve the outcome of patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Previously, Dr. Giroir has served in numerous leadership positions in the federal government and in academic institutions.  Most notably, he was the first physician to serve as an office director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. As a pediatric critical care physician, Dr. Giroir brings that hands-on, patient-centered perspective to his work as Assistant Secretary for Health, where his primary goal is leading America to healthier lives.



Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University