Assistant Commissioner Gilbert Acevedo
Gilbert Acevedo was appointed assistant commissioner for the Health Systems Bureau at the Minnesota Department of Health in October 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the Health Policy Division, Health Partnership Division, Health Regulation Division and the Office of Medical Cannabis.
MDH is the state's lead public health agency, in charge of protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers. MDH employs about 1,400 staff in the Twin Cities and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Prior to being appointed assistant commissioner, Acevedo served as the senior program manager for the Health Occupations Program, Managed Care Systems and the Mortuary Science program for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has worked for public and private sector senior living organizations in California, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Acevedo served as deputy commissioner for Veterans Health Care at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008 through 2011, and was an executive manager for a community-size hospital for the U.S. Navy. He is a military veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001 with a rank of command master chief.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and his master’s degree in health care administration from National University in San Diego.