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Wilma M. Robinson, PhD, MPH

Wilma M. Robinson, PhD, MPH is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health, a position she has held since August 2012. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) coordinates adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across HHS and works in partnership with other HHS agencies to support evidence-based approaches to improve the health of adolescents. Dr. Robinson previously served as the Acting Director of the Division of Public Health Services within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS where she has worked for nearly 12 years. As the Acting Director, she advised the Deputy ASPE for Health Policy on diverse policy, research, and evaluation issues, policy analysis, management, legislative, and regulatory activities. She was also responsible for coordination, program oversight, evaluation, research, and policy direction as it relates to public health services. Dr. Robinson also lead efforts to determine the impact of the Affordable Care Act on HHS' public health service programs; co-authored several research briefs on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and specific populations; and was part of a group examining the impact of the affordable care act on public health. She also served as the project coordinator on several research projects and program evaluations for the Department. These included an evaluation of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a study assessing the availability of primary care physicians accepting new patients and timeliness of services for new patients; a study assessing the effectiveness and impact of wellness programs in worksite settings; and a study examining the sustainability of community coalitions once federal funding has expired.

Date Created: July 10, 2020