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Secretary Sebelius announces new HHS regional director

Friday, December 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Adam Jones
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that Kim Gillan will be appointed Region VIII Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"I am excited to welcome Kim Gillan to the team at HHS,” said Secretary Sebelius. "Kim is a long-time public servant, who brings with her a wealth of experience from her time in both the Montana House of Representatives and the Montana Senate, as well as at Montana State University.  She has been actively engaged on a number of health related policy initiatives and has worked at the regional level to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans.  Kim will join our team of regional directors who work tirelessly with state, local and tribal officials and external stakeholders on a wide range of health and social service issues, particularly as we continue to implement the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to adding Kim’s many strengths to the HHS team.”


Kim Gillan, Regional Director, Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)Kim Gillan most recently served as Director of Workforce Development & Training Programs at Montana State University, where she was responsible for the strategic and operation direction of workforce-related programs for the university. Concurrently, Gillan served as a State Senator and Senate Minority Whip after serving as a Representative and as House Minority Leader in Montana. With more than 16 years of public service experience in the Montana legislature, Gillan has successfully secured bipartisan support for legislation to extend health insurance coverage for autism, diabetes, and expanding consumer protections, and has helped pass legislation supportive of health care workforce expansion.  Gillan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

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