Joyce G. Somsak was appointed associate administrator of the Healthcare Systems Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on February 28, 2005.
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 2007) to expand access to quality health care for all Americans through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs.
As head of HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau, Somsak directs programs that oversee the procurement, allocation and transplantation of human organs, bone marrow and cord blood; manages the Vaccine Injury, Smallpox and Pandemic Flu Compensation Programs; administers the 340B drug discount program; and oversees Poison Control Centers and hospital construction, renovation and equipment awards. She also leads a HRSA-wide effort to analyze the data and information needs of the agency.
Somsak joined the Healthcare Systems Bureau in 2001. She was acting director of Vaccine Injury Compensation Program from 2004-05 and director of the State Planning Grants Program from 2001-05. She also was acting director of the Division of Transplantation from 2002-03. In 2004 Somsak was a member of the HHS Task Force to implement the new Medicare Part D Drug Benefit and Medicare Advantage legislation.
Prior to joining HRSA, Somsak worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as director of the Office of Communications Strategies and Standards and director of the On-Line Initiative. She also served on the Federal Excellence in Customer Service Initiative and was a Congressional House intern.
Somsak received a bachelor of arts in public affairs from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts in government from George Washington University.