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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director.

She’s held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s public health division amid the coronavirus pandemic, while improving racial and ethnic inequalities. She starts Oct. 27 and is replacing Lillian Shirley, who had said she’s retiring.

Banks is “a leader with professional acumen combined with lived and worked experience around promoting equity,” Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, said in a statement.

Allen called Banks’ attributes necessary as the agency attempts to make “meaningful progress on health equity while guiding the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic — and continuing to advance programs that promote the majority