Governor Malloy Names Jeannette DeJesús Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform

Governor Dan Malloy announced that Jeannette DeJesús will join his administration in a cabinet-level position, as both the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health and Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform.

Jeannette DeJesús Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform

DeJesús is a member of the SSW Dean’s Advisory Board and the Vice President of the Connecticut Hospital Association, where she has led advocacy efforts and helped to develop effective strategies for implementing national healthcare reform, particularly with regard to special populations. Prior to her time there, DeJesús spent eight years as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Health Council.

“We won’t be able to create new jobs or keep the ones we have until we address the rising cost of healthcare in a serious way,” said Governor Malloy. “I’m looking to Jeannette to make sense of the federal healthcare reform legislation and find smart, strategic ways to implement it here in Connecticut to increase affordability and access.”

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, and I’m honored to have Governor Malloy’s confidence,” said DeJesús. “We need to make sure that everyone – individuals, small companies and large corporations – know and understand the new rules and regulations and we need to make sure we’re implementing the new law to help increase access and affordability for Connecticut residents. I’m looking forward to working with Governor Malloy and his team on these and other issues.”