Deputy State Health Commissioner announces she is stepping away from role

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After over six years of working for the state government in different capacities, Dr. Jennifer Sullivan announced Wednesday that she is stepping away from her positions to take on a new role in North Carolina.

Sullivan served as the secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and as the deputy state health commissioner. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that Dr. Dan Rusyniak, the FSSA’s current chief medical officer, will take over as the new secretary starting August 1.

“Jennifer Sullivan has dedicated herself to improving the social and human needs Hoosiers are faced with every day,” Holcomb said. “Secretary Sullivan tackled some of the most complex issues our state has ever dealt with and found new innovative ways to deliver improved results.

Sullivan was named FSSA secretary by Holcomb in January 2017 and has the longest tenure of any secretary in the agency’s 30-year existence. During her time as secretary she implemented SNAP delivery as well as emergency food benefits for children during the COVID-19 pandemic; during her time as the deputy state health commissioner, the Indiana Department of Health also started the first needle exchange program in state history.

“I am most grateful for the way in which the Holcomb administration has fostered innovation, autonomy and accountability,” Sullivan said. “I have had every resource needed to make changes based on the priority pillars laid out each year. My voice has been heard and I have grown as a leader, a policy expert and a citizen of this great state.”

Sullivan has taken a new role at Atrium Health as senior vice president of strategic operations, a news release sent Wednesday said. There, she will craft and implement a plan to integrate clinical service lines across health systems and states.

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