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Secretary's Advisory Committee on Minority Health - Biography
Barbara J. Sabol, RN

Barbara J. Sabol, RN


Ms. Sabol was a program director for the Food, Health and Well-being, and Policy teams at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. She retired from W.K. Kellogg Foundation December 31, 2009 and now serves as consultant to community-based organizations, philanthropies, and national policy organizations.

At the Foundation, Ms. Sabol developed and reviewed programming priorities and recommended proposals for funding. She also assisted the vice president in implementing goals and strategies that support the Foundation's vision and mission.

Before joining the Foundation, Barbara was president and CEO of North Star Group in Washington D.C. She also was commissioner for New York City's Human Resources Administration serving more than one million New Yorkers, managing a budget of more than $15 billion and over 15,000 employees. In that position, she was responsible for the programs and policies in welfare, Medicaid, child welfare, and services for homeless adults and families.

Ms. Sabol is a registered nurse with management skills in operation, budget, program, and policy development. She has held appointments in government as a policymaker, manager, and cabinet officer. She has served on the Board of Directors for the New York City Health and Hospital 8 Corporation, the largest public hospital system in the nation. Barbara gained national recognition for going underground as a welfare recipient to experience the system she administered from the client's point of view.

She holds a master's degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor's degree in psychology, both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She received her registered nurse certification from Kansas City General Hospital and Medical Center.

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