Mary Wakefield is administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of HHS that focuses on improving access to health services. Wakefield, 56, oversees more than 100 programs, nearly 2,000 employees and 3,000 grantees with a budget of $7.5 billion. An expert on rural health and a registered nurse, she was previously director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead HRSA in February 2009.
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