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Wide-Ranging Health Threats Prompt Homeland Office Overhaul (1)

Aug. 18, 2022, 9:30 AMUpdated: Aug. 18, 2022, 1:34 PM

Pritesh Gandhi has a daunting set of responsibilities: keep the Department of Homeland Security’s workforce healthy, ensure care for thousands of desperate migrants at the border, prepare for the next pandemic. And don’t forget about the horses.

Gandhi is DHS’s chief medical officer and leader of the agency’s Office of Health Security, an ambitious new division tasked with addressing health threats to the department and the US.

“The health threat, health security space is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week space,” Gandhi said in an interview. “It requires the kind of office that can be dynamic and agile and respond in that kind ...