Familiar Faces Fill New Positions at Maryland Health Department

Dr. Howard Haft (photo source: LinkedIn)
Dr. Howard Haft (photo source: LinkedIn)

Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Robert Neall has turned to two familiar veteran public health officials to fill shifting leadership roles at the Department.

Dr. Howard Haft, the current Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP). MDPCP is a new initiative within Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model that focuses on improving primary care delivery and payment systems.

Fran Phillips (photo source: Anne Arundel County Department of Health)
Fran Phillips (photo source: Anne Arundel County Department of Health)

Fran Phillips, the current acting Health Officer for Anne Arundel County, has been appointed to take Dr. Haft’s place as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. Phillips returns to the Deputy Secretary role having previously served in that position from 2008 to 2013.  She has served as acting Health Officer for Anne Arundel since 2017, also having previously served as the county health officer from 1993 to 2008.

A press release from MDH announces:

Dr. Haft has served as deputy secretary since 2015, focusing on improving the health and wellness of all Marylanders through the many programs offered by Public Health Services. He will now oversee the day to day operations of the MDPCP, which will officially launch on Jan. 1, 2019. Dr. Haft will assume his new role on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

In her new role, Phillips will play a key role in the state’s efforts in the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, provide management oversight for the state’s rural health plan, and lead other state initiatives for programs including asthma, lead poisoning, smoking cessation, and more. She will assume her new role on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

For more information:

Secretary Robert Neall Announces Maryland Department of Health Appointments (MDH Press Release)