CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s interim state health officer, Dr. Catherine Slemp, has been appointed to the position permanently.
Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch announced Slemp’s appointment on Friday to head the Bureau for Public Health.
Slemp began working at the Department of Health and Human Resources in 1994 and served as the acting state health officer from 2002 through 2011. She returned in 2018 in an interim role when Dr. Rahul Gupta resigned as state health officer to become the March of Dimes’ senior vice president and chief medical and health officer.
Crouch said Slemp is committed to creating a healthier state and is highly respected in West Virginia and nationally.
Slemp earned her medical degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.