Chief Medical Officer
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children & Families. The Chief Medical Officer serves as the main advisor to the Assistant Secretary regarding health-related programming and initiatives.
As a human service agency, ACF is concerned with “the social determinants of health.” Social determinants are social, economic and physical conditions into which people are born and live. Examples of these conditions include growing up in a high-crime neighborhood, living in older homes with poisonous lead, or attending poor quality schools. The effects can negatively affect income and education level of parents that lead to neglect or abuse. These factors have a direct influence on long-term health.
Key priorities of the CMO include:
- Affordable Care Act Implementation
- Health of Victims/Survivors of Human Trafficking
- Health Data Initiative: Liberating Human Services Data
- Men’s Health: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Staff Wellness: Helping Staff Take Better Care of Themselves in Order to Better Serve Others
The CMO also serves on intergovernmental task forces, working groups and committees across HHS on health policies related to the agency’s human services programs.
George L. Askew, M.D., serves as the first chief medical officer for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).