As a young child, George Askew attended an east side Cleveland, Ohio, Head Start center.
It was the beginning of an educational career that led to Harvard University and eventually a medical degree from Case Western Reserve.
This week, Dr. George Askew was appointed by the Obama Administration to become the first-ever Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children and Families.
He will provide expert advice and consultation to the Assistant Secretary on the development of plans, programs, policies and initiatives that address the health needs and strengths of vulnerable children and families, including people with developmental disabilities and refugees.
Dr. Askew will draw on past experiences working on inter-departmental health-related early childhood initiatives, his role at Head Start’s health and disabilities services branch, his years as Founder and Executive Director at Docs For Tots, his time as Deputy CEO at Voices for America’s Children, and his tour of duty in the Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.