Andrew Sommers is an experienced epidemiologist and public health researcher with more than two decades of experience working with policymakers, business entities, and underserved populations to improve public health outcomes.
Prior to joining HMA, Dr. Sommers was the vice president for global health at Maximus, Inc., where he led large teams of clinicians, epidemiologists, disease investigators, and research analysts. Dr. Sommers and his colleagues provided the scientific support for the National Vaccine Assistance Hotline established at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also worked extensively doing emergency response “on the ground” during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. His work included establishing contact-tracing programs for states such as Florida and New York, standing up testing sites, deploying education campaigns to mitigate vaccine hesitancy, and orchestrating national logistics related to vaccine administration.
Dr. Sommers previously worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services to contain threats such as viral hepatitis and Ebola and to mitigate the morbidity and mortality associated with non-communicable conditions, such as opioid addiction or diabetes. Early in his career, Dr. Sommers was awarded a Thomas Watson Fellowship to work with disabled populations in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He has worked for four health ministries around the world and recently returned from East Africa, where he is helping address waterborne illnesses in Kenya and polio in Tanzania.
Dr. Sommers earned a doctoral degree and a master of science in public health degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, as well as a master of public affairs degree from the Hubert Humphrey Institute. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Haverford College.