Dakota Midday: Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth
Doneen Hollingsworth has led the Health Department since 1995, serving in the administrations of governors Bill Janklow, Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard. She’s retiring from the position next week.
During her time as secretary she helped the state maintain a strong childhood immunization system, provide critical support to rural health care facilities and develop programs to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. She increased the agency’s emphasis on preparedness and response capabilities, leading the state’s response to health issues from the emergence of West Nile virus to the H1N1 flu outbreak.
Hollingsworth joined Dakota Midday and discussed her tenure leading the state's health department.