Dorothy Holland Mann, a native of Annandale, Virginia, wasthe first woman and first African-American to head Region X of the United States Public Health Service (which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho andAlaska) when she was appointed to the position in 1979 by Dr. Julius Richmond, theAssistant Secretary of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. She held that post until 1993. During hertenure, Region X led the nation on a number of public health initiatives,including research on Chlamydia diagnosis and treatment, improvement ofnational Pap Smear guidelines and research on Southeast Asian women immigrantshealth care needs and migrant health services. She established the first Office on Women’s Health in a federal regionaloffice in the United States. She was also the lead federal official in theRegion for the Surgeon General’s C. Everett Koops interpersonal violenceprevention initiative.
Dr. Mann, whoreceived a PhD. in 1993 from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, co-chaired SeattleMayor Norm Rice’s Violence Prevention Project, publishing two documents, Building Blocks for Peace: ViolencePrevention For You and Your Community (1995) and Building Blocks for Peace: A Demonstration in Community Partnership.(1995). While on the faculty at the University of Washington Institute forPublic Policy and Management (now the Evans School of Public Affairs) sheconducted the first study for the Washington State Department of Labor andIndustries (L&I) on the incidence and prevalence of violence in theworkplace. The study results were usedby the Department to determine the need to offer assistance to employers indevelopment of violence preventionpolicies and procedures.
Dr. Mann has contributed to the community through herservice as a four term Chair of the Board of Trustees of Group HealthCooperative of Puget Sound (1987 to 1998). In addition she served on the Board ofDirectors of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Health Plan from 1997 to 2003.She has served as an independent member of the Board of