Rashida R. Dorsey (BCHS '06) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Early Career Excellence Award at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner.
The Early Career Excellence Award is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant achievements early in his or her career.
Dorsey is a leader in demographic data collection standards, data coordination and data collection strategy at the federal level, data development on racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations, minority health, and health disparities—including developing, monitoring and evaluating strategic plans for racial/ethnic populations. She serves as director of data policy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and also serves as a senior advisor on minority health and health disparities. The Division of Data Policy is responsible for data and statistical policy development and coordination within HHS. As division director, she oversees a program of research, policy analysis, evaluation, and data development in data and statistical priority areas.
Previously, Dorsey served as the director of the Division of Policy and Data at the HHS Office of Minority Health. She led the development of minority health policy research and evaluation projects, data policy and collection initiatives aimed to improve the availability of data for racial and ethnic populations, evaluation methods for minority health initiatives, data briefs on minority health, and congressional reports on minority health. She led the division in supporting many key minority health priority areas, including the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, the implementation of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that address health disparities and health equity, and the White House Initiatives on Minority-Serving Institutions and Educational Excellence. She also served as the designated federal officer for the Advisory Committee on Minority Health.
Dorsey was a data and statistical policy analyst in ASPE, where she developed policy and evaluation studies related to disparities and HHS data collections, and served as an HHS population survey data system expert, as well as the executive secretary for the HHS Data Council. She also has served as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. As a principal investigator, she developed and conducted many analytic research projects and published manuscripts on several health disparities and chronic disease topics, such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Dorsey received her PhD in epidemiology in 2006 from Pitt Public Health.