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Cohen steps down as North Carolina health secretary

Added 12-01-21 07:23:01pm EST - “North Carolina's leading public figure in the state's fight against COVID-19 will step down after nearly five years in the position, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Cohen steps down as North Carolina health secretary”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

North Carolina's leading public figure in the state's fight against COVID-19 will step down after nearly five years in the position, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) secretary, will be replaced by her deputy, Kody Kinsley, beginning Jan. 1.

"Mandy Cohen has shown extraordinary leadership during her tenure and she has worked every day during this pandemic to help keep North Carolinians healthy and safe," Cooper said in a statement. "We are stronger because of her efforts and I am enormously grateful for her service. She has built a remarkable team of talented people, including Kody Kinsley, and I know he will continue the strong legacy of competence, effectiveness and efficiency as he takes over as secretary."

As the top health official in the state, Cohen was tasked with creating response plans for the unprecedented outbreak and the rollout of the state's Medicaid managed care program. She was appointed by Cooper in 2017 and has an extensive resume that includes being chief operating officer and chief of staff at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Cohen said Tuesday she plans to spend more time with her family and seek new opportunities in health improvement.

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