Marcia Brand, Ph.D., was named Deputy Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in March 2009. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The agency uses its $7 billion annual budget (FY 2009) to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs.
From 2007-2009, Brand was associate administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), where she provided national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides high-quality care.
From 2001-2007, Brand was director and associate administrator of HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy. In that position she was responsible for health policy, research and grant activities that promote better health care services in rural America.
Prior to joining ORHP, Brand led efforts to plan and implement the State Planning Grant Program, which helped states explore options in providing health care coverage for uninsured residents. She also coordinated HRSA's efforts to implement the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and worked on the Secretary's Initiative on Children's Health and the President's Interagency Task Force on Children's Health Insurance Outreach, which aimed to increase enrollment in CHIP and Medicaid.
As senior advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for health in 1997, Brand worked on the Secretary's Initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers. She served as deputy director of BHPr's Office of Research and Planning for two years prior to that appointment.
Brand earned a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and master and bachelor of science degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University in Virginia.