Jan Malcolm

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Jan Malcolm is the health commissioner of Minnesota, which has over 1,500 employees and a budget of over $600 million.[1] She was appointed as the commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health by previous governor Mark Dayton in 2018.[2]

Commissioner of Health for Minnesota[edit]

Jan Malcolm has served under three separate governors of Minnesota.[3] She is currently leading the Department of Health of Minnesota. She was appointed by Mark Dayton after her predecessor, Ed Ehlinger, resigned.[4] She was originally brought on to help with complaints about elder abuse, which she was able to solve after eight months.[4] Since the COVID-19 Pandemic began she has started facing backlash from the Republican party.[3] As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, the threat of Republicans outing Malcolm has increased.[5] Many Republicans are not happy with the way she has been running the COVID-19 relief.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She attended high school at Minnetonka High School and went to Dartmouth College for pre-med.[4] She was married to Kris Carlton, who died in 2019.[6] In June 2021, Malcolm was awarded the Lavender Community Pride Award for LGBTQ Individual.[7]


Health Department at Ventura[4]

Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota at the School of Public Health[8]

CEO of Courage Center[8]

Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health[8]

Notable works[edit]

Leading Public Health: A Competency Framework[9]


  1. ^ Tribune, Chris Serres Star. "New Commissioner Jan Malcolm brings 'instant credibility' to Minnesota Health Department". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  2. ^ "Meet the woman Gov. Mark Dayton hired to fix Minnesota's health department". Twin Cities. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. ^ a b "Gov. Walz defends his health commissioner". kare11.com. October 26, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  4. ^ a b c d Tribune, Briana Bierschbach Star. "At the head of state Health Department, Jan Malcolm is 'Minnesota's Dr. Fauci'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  5. ^ a b "With job on the line, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm to meet with top Republican on Friday". Twin Cities. 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  6. ^ "Obituary for Kris Carlton". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  7. ^ Tarala, Kassidy (2021-06-17). "Lavender Community Pride Award for LGBTQ Individual: Jan Malcolm - Serving All People | Lavender Magazine". Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  8. ^ a b c "Commissioner Jan Malcolm". www.health.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  9. ^ "Jan Malcolm". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2021-10-28.