Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Jan Malcolm to lead the state Health Department. Malcolm previously led the department under Governor Jesse Ventura from 1999 to 2003 and succeeds Acting Commissioner Dan Pollock, who has served in the role since Dec. 19.
“Jan Malcolm brings exceptional experience in public and non-profit health management to the Minnesota Department of Health,” said Governor Dayton. “Her expertise will be invaluable as the Department works to protect and improve the health of all Minnesotans, especially our seniors. I thank her for her willingness to undertake this vitally important challenge.”
Malcolm is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she co-directs a national research and leadership development program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, Malcolm helped develop initiatives to strengthen the nation’s public health system as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, served as CEO of the Courage Center and as President of the Courage Kenny Foundation following the merger of Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She has also worked as Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health.