Indian-American quits WH job to become NJ’s Health Officer

As the public health advisor at the White House Hathi was a regular commentator on several leading news stations during the two years of the pandemic

Sejal Hathi has stepped down from her position at the White House to become New Jersey’s state health officer and deputy commissioner of health. The Yale-Stanford-Harvard alum was a Senior Policy Advisor for Public Health at the White House and focused on behavioural and public health policy for the Domestic Policy Council. She will start her role as NJ’s health officer soon, as reported by Politico.

‌‌During her career, Hathi has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Newsweek’s ‘150 Women Who Shake the World’, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Academy of Achievement delegates, and the United Presidential Scholars for her work.

‌‌Hathi was a regular commentator on several leading news stations during the two years of the pandemic. During this period she cared for Covid-19 patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a resident physician and the faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. She has spoken at the United Nations, the World Health Assembly, and TEDWomen.

‌‌Hathi was appointed as 1 of the 9 public health leaders to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s expert advisory group on women and children’s health. She was in charge of monitoring global progress against maternal and child mortality. She recently spoke on a panel called "A South Asian Heart Health Agenda," at the Indian American Impact Project 2023 Summit where she and other South Asian public health workers united to tackle the pressing health challenges within the community.

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