Joan Adam appointed as DOH Secretary

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem announced on Tuesday that Joan Adam has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health.

Joan has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since January, and her new role as the Secretary of the DOH is effective immediately.

“Joan has done an excellent job serving the people of South Dakota in her many years at the Department of Health,” said Gov. Noem. “The department has continued to run smoothly during her time as Interim Secretary, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to keep our state healthy.”

Joan has served the people of South Dakota at the DOH for a combined 20 years.

Before taking on the role of Interim Secretary, she served as Division Director for Administration where she oversaw the South Dakota Public Health Laboratory, Correctional Healthcare Services, the Offices of Vital Records and Health Statistics, and Health Information Technology. She also worked as a program administrator in health promotion and disease prevention, including as a Division Director.

“I am honored that Governor Noem has put her trust in me to lead the Department of Health,” said Secretary Adam. “It is a privilege to work alongside our state’s dedicated public health professionals.  I look forward to continuing the important mission of the department which is to protect and improve the health of every South Dakotan.”

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