Claude Earl Fox, MD, MPH, was appointed as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration on May 12,1998. HRSA, with a $4.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2000, leads the nation's efforts to open access to health care for all Americans, including poor, uninsured and isolated individuals and families, through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs. HRSA supports 607 community health centers; funds services for people living with HIV/AIDS through the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act; assists states and health care organizations improve services to mothers and children; oversees the national system that allocates organs, tissue and bone marrow for transplant; and works with academic health centers and other training programs to enhance the diversity and distribution of the nation's health care workforce.
From March 1997 until this appointment, Dr. Fox served as HRSA's acting administrator, where he has been instrumental in many departmental initiatives. He was involved in the development of the Administration's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to help extend coverage to children whose families earn too much to quality for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance; the Presidential Initiative to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Health; and the development of Healthy People 2010, the nation's health agenda for the new millennium.
Local, state and federal service have distinguished Dr. Fox's career as a public health care advocate. He came to HRSA from the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, where he was deputy assistant secretary for health from Nov. 1995 to March 1997. He previously served as HHS regional health administrator, overseeing federal health and human service programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. He has also enjoyed a distinguished public health career at the state and local levels, including tenure as the state health officer in Alabama from 1986 to 1992 and deputy state health officer in Mississippi, 1983 to 1986.
Born on Nov. 8,1946, Dr. Fox was reared in Charleston, MI. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1972. His first clinical experience was at a local health department in Charleston, a recipient of HRSA funds. He earned a master of public health degree at the University of North Carolina and served pediatric residencies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Dr. Fox is licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, is board certified in preventive medicine and public health, and board qualified in pediatrics.