Who is Kristine Gebbie?
Before joining the White House, she was the Secretary of the Department of Health for the State of Washington and was previously director of the Oregon Department of Health. She became well known as member of the President's Commission on the HIV Epidemic, formed by President Reagan. She was an outspoken opponent of the Reagan Administration policies on AIDS testing.
Gebbie was a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, an entity that provides the first and only core certification for public health professionals and graduates of CEPH-accredited institutions.
She earned degrees in nursing from St. Olaf College and the University of California at Los Angeles. She also holds a Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, earned in 1995. She was pursuing this degree when she was named AIDS Czar in 1993.
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