Jared Shinabery

Deputy Secretary, Health Resources and Services

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Harrisburg , Pennsylvania
Class of 2021
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Three words to describe me:
pragmatic, inquisitive, open-minded
The best part of my job:
every day I’m presented with opportunities to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Something that would surprise others about me:
I’m an avid homebrewer and also love making bread.

Since 2016, Jared Shinabery has played a leading role in Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid epidemic. As the Deputy Secretary for Health Resources and Services, Jared oversees the Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries, the Office of Drug Surveillance and Misuse Prevention, the Health Research Office, and the Primary Care Office. In his previous role as the director of the Office of Drug Surveillance and Misuse Prevention at the Department of Health, he was responsible for the implementation of multiple statewide programs to tackle the opioid epidemic and managed over $30 million in federal funding to drive meaningful change in public health. 

An advocate for innovative programs to address behavioral health needs in the state, Jared established the statewide Patient Advocacy Program after recognizing that many chronic pain patients were being negatively impacted by efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, driving some toward illicit use. The program has successfully assisted more than 1,000 patients after one year, and Jared and his team were awarded a Governor’s Award of Excellence for this work in 2020.   

Jared holds an MPH in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine.  

 Over the next few years, I hope to leverage my experience to help break down the silos that exist between information technology and public health programs, and to modernize public health infrastructure at an enterprise-level so all program areas can benefit and be more adequately prepared for the next public health crisis.

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