Jewel Mullen, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. is Associate Dean for Health Equity at Dell Medical School, as well as an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments. She also serves as Director of Health Equity at Ascension Seton to help meet health equity goals across its system.
Dr. Mullen is an internist, epidemiologist, public health expert and the former principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, she also served as the acting assistant secretary for health and acting director of the National Vaccine Program Office during the months between the Obama and Trump administrations. Prior to her time at HHS, Dr. Mullen served for five years as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Her career has spanned clinical, research, teaching, and administrative roles focused on improving the health of all people, especially those who are underserved. Dr. Mullen is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in building effective community-based chronic disease prevention programs and for her commitment to improving individual and population health by strengthening coordination between community, public health and health care systems.
A former President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Dr. Mullen is a current member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Editorial Board, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action National Advisory Committee, and, the ChangeLab Solutions Board of Directors. She also is a member of the Study Committee on the Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. A former member of the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director and its subcommittee on health disparities, Dr. Mullen chaired the CDC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Federal Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mullen received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health from Yale University, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial epidemiology. She graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society and completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen also holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.