OKLAHOMA CITY (June 21, 2019) - Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the hiring of Carter Kimble, who is joining the Governor’s office as the Deputy Secretary of Health and Mental Health and is tasked with working with the governor and cabinet secretaries on a health care plan to improve health outcomes by increasing access for all Oklahomans to affordable coverage and modernizing health services delivered by state agencies.
“I am pleased to welcome Carter to our team as we work to move the needle in health outcomes in Oklahoma,” said Gov. Stitt. “Carter’s vast experience in healthcare policy and his impressive work ethic will help us to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to deliver core services to Oklahomans in an efficient and effective manner and accomplish our goal to be Top Ten in healthcare.”
“Carter Kimble is powerful addition to the Stitt administration, and I am grateful he has agreed to serve in this capacity,” said Secretary of Health and Mental Health Jerome Loughridge. “His depth of expertise in healthcare policy will be absolutely invaluable in moving Oklahoma toward a Top Ten State.”
Carter Kimble has more than a decade of experience in health policy in various settings including payer, regulator, provider, non-profit and academia. Carter most recently served as Director of Health Policy for the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. In this role, he was charged with advising on policy and strategic direction within health and health care to the OSU system, including the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa.
Carter draws on strong experience in policymaking at the State and Federal levels and previously held positions within Oklahoma government as Director of State and Federal Policy with the Oklahoma Health Department and Director of Government Relations for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency. Carter is a member of the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy for AcademyHealth, a non-partisan, non-profit advocating for health services research. He served on health care steering committees with the Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Greater Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of the American and Oklahoma Public Health Associations.
He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and business from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of North Texas. Carter resides in Edmond.