Gov. Tom Wolf to nominate Alison Beam to serve as PA Secretary of Health

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday plans to nominate Alison Beam to serve as the state’s Secretary of Health.

Beam will replace outgoing Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who was nominated by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health in the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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“Alison Beam is a talented public servant who brings years of experience in health care policy and implementation to this position,” Governor Wolf said in a release. “Alison knows that a strong, widely available, and successful vaccination strategy is the path out of the pains of this pandemic.”

Beam currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor, where she has helped coordinate several initiatives, including the administration’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

Beam will begin her new role effective January 23, 2021.

The governor has also named Dr. Wendy Braund as Interim Acting Physician General, replacing Dr. Rachel Levine in that role.