Dr. Rebekah Gee is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, the state’s largest agency with a budget of $14 billion. Her oversight responsibilities include public health and other direct service programs for citizens in need such as behavioral health, developmental disabilities, aging and adult services, emergency preparedness, and the Medicaid program. Under Dr. Gee’s leadership, over 450,000 Louisianans are newly insured under Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion, and for the first time, many are receiving much needed primary and preventive health care. The state’s uninsured rate dropped to only 8% which is below the national average.
Dr. Gee is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and brings a caregivers’ perspective to the people she serves. In her current role she has led national discussions on the negative public health impact of high drug prices. Her efforts began with the prices of drugs that cure Hepatitis C, the leading infectious disease killer in the United States. Her efforts have resulted in the first state based subscription purchasing model and elimination campaign.
Dr. Gee is also a trained policy expert who has served in numerous state and national policy roles and in 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Prior to her role as Secretary, Dr. Gee served as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative where she led the charge to decrease infant mortality and prematurity statewide – an effort that in part led to a 25% reduction in infant mortality, an 85% drop in elective deliveries before 39 weeks and a 10% drop in NICU admissions statewide.
She is the mother of five energetic children and lives in New Orleans where she continues to see patients.
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 LDH and acts as spokesperson for the department in the absence of the Secretary. She is the coordinator for LDH'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 LDH, its programs and facilities.