BATON ROUGE, La. (The Livingston Parish News) – Kimberly L. Hood, JD, MPH is joining the Louisiana Department of Health as the assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health.
Hood will take her new post effective Monday, Feb. 8.
An attorney and public health professional, Hood’s work focuses on ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare by reducing disparities and addressing social determinants of health.
She most recently served as Louisiana’s COVID-19 community testing coordinator, developing the program’s strategy and overseeing its implementation. The state has administered more than 5.4 million COVID-19 tests since March.
Hood was also responsible for managing the Hepatitis C Elimination Program, which included the nation’s first statewide subscription-based drug pricing model that provides unrestricted access to curative medication for Louisiana Medicaid beneficiaries and the incarcerated.
Prior to joining the Department, Hood was the chief operations and compliance officer at a local federally-qualified health center and HIV non-profit.
Hood received her B.A. and J.D. from LSU and her Executive Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.