GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class Of 2020

Rachel Levine

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Levine.

While people enter the medical field for any number of complex reasons, Dr. Rachel Levine’s was pretty simple: to help people. As the current Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she works to follow the department’s mission of a healthy Pennsylvania in an effort to make a difference in the lives of all the individuals she serves. “At the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we are committed to health equity — no matter one’s race, ethnicity, religion, or gender identity and sexual orientation,” Levine tells GO. “As an openly transgender person, this is very important to me, and also with what is occurring across the United States. Our mission statement is to promote healthy behaviors, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all people in Pennsylvania.” Before taking on her current position, Levine served as the Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2015-2017 and as the Acting Secretary of Health in 2017. Levine is also Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine; the President-Elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO); and a Fellow for a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. —IL

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