Dr. Rebekah Gee began her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health in January of 2016. Prior to being appointed to this role, she served as the Medicaid Medical Director for Louisiana. In her first year as Secretary, Dr. Gee oversaw the implementation of Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana. Within the first six months, more than 350,000 adults were newly enrolled in the program, and over 40,000 received preventive health care or new patient services.
She has served both state and national leadership roles in public health policy. Notably, as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the state of Louisiana, she led the charge to end elective deliveries before 39 weeks -an effort that led to an 85% drop statewide.
In addition to her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, she is currently a practicing gynecologist and Gratis Faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her professional organizations include participation in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Louisiana American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Gee completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania and there received a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. She studied history and obtained an M.P.H. at Columbia University in Health Policy and Management, obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals, both Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospitals.
In 2014, Dr. Gee received the Woman of the Year award from New Orleans City Business, she was recognized as a "40 under 40" leader in the New Orleans region and was selected as a New Orleans "Healthcare Hero."
She lives in New Orleans with husband David Patrón, and is the mother of five energetic children, twins Elizabeth and Eva, Nathan, and twins Eloisa and Ben.
The Secretary provides leadership and technical support services, while maximizing resources, in order to fulfill the mission of the Department. The following report directly to the Secretary:
Deputy Secretary serves as the chief operating officer of DHH and acts as spokesperson for the department in the absence of the Secretary. She is the coordinator for DHH's Regional Coordinating Councils and oversees the coordination and implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Undersecretary oversees the State Medicaid program, as well as eight administrative divisions with departmental responsibilities for budget preparation, financial planning, purchasing, personnel, accounting, data processing and development of strategic and operational plans.
State Health Officer serves as the Department's top medical official. The medical director is responsible for medical consultation on a variety of health care policy issues, including health care programs, quality of care and access to vital health-related services. The medical director also serves as the Department's liaison with medical, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professionals as well as with professional associations and organizations throughout the state.
Office of Public Health develops, provides and assures public and environmental health services to protect and enhance the health of Louisiana citizens. Now functioning under the Office of Public Health, the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health works to support the development of health care in underserved areas of the state by identifying resources to improve the health services, fostering networks of care and recruiting health care professionals.
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports develops, fosters and coordinates services and sports for the people of Louisiana.
Minority Health Access and Promotions facilitates the collection, analysis, dissemination and access to information relating to minority health issues.
External Relations efforts are led by the Bureau of Marketing and Communications (BMAC) and the Legislative and Governmental Relations (LGR) section of the Office of the Secretary.
Bureau of Legal Services provides a complete range of legal assistance to DHH, its programs and facilities.