West Virginia health officer taking March of Dimes job


CHARLESTON, WV (AP)-  West Virginia’s state health officer is leaving to take a job with the March of Dimes.

The Department of Health and Human Resources announced Dr. Rahul Gupta’s departure in a news release Tuesday.


His resignation is effective Nov. 5.

The statement said Gupta was named the March of Dimes’ senior vice president and chief medical and health officer.


He will be based in Arlington, Virginia.

The March of Dimes said on Twitter that Gupta will provide leadership for efforts to improve the health of mothers and babies.


The nonprofit March of Dimes works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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