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Kathleen Sebelius Sworn In as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

"It is an honor to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at such a pivotal moment in our history.  I come to the Department as our nation confronts a serious public health challenge, the 2009 flu outbreak. My heart goes out to the families across the country and around the world who are feeling the impact of this health crisis.


In the coming days, I will work closely with President Obama and officials from across the government as we address this threat.  I also want to recognize the dedicated staff at HHS for the work they are doing to protect public health and inform the American people about this crisis."


-- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Read the Secretary's Remarks to the Council on Foundations
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Watch the PlanFirst Webcast on H1N1 Flu

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HHS Secretary Sebelius, DHS Secretary Napolitano, and Acting Director of CDC Dr. Besser hosted a Webcast to answer questions from the American people regarding the H1N1 flu. Learn more facts to help Prevent the Flu.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Investigation

The CDC is actively investigating human cases of influenza A (H1N1) in several states and is working closely with Canada, Mexico and the World Health Organization. The CDC is continuously updating its investigation information.

As with any infectious disease, CDC recommends that people should take everyday preventive actions.

Read the WHO report.

Public Health Emergency declared nationwide involving Swine Influenza A. Press Release

Questions and Answers on H1N1 (Swine) Flu

Health Reform

President Obama is committed to working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform this year in order to control rising health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor, and assure high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

State Your Support for Health Reform This Year


May 5, 2009
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and by Acting CDC Director Dr. Richard Besser Regarding the Change in CDC's School and Child Care Closure Guidance

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Acting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Richard Besser announced new CDC guidance on closure of schools and child care facilities where there has been reported cases of the novel H1N1 flu virus.  More...

May 4, 2009
HHS Releases New Report: Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report, Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America, outlining the health care challenges facing rural communities.  More...

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HHS Family of Agencies

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ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

CMS - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


FDA - Food & Drug Administration

HRSA - Health Resources & Services Administration

IHS - Indian Health Service

NIH - National Institutes of Health

OIG- Office of Inspector General

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Of Interest: Spring Storms

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  • Tornadoes — When there are thunderstorms in your area, listen for announcements of a tornado watch or warning and know what to do when a tornadoes strikes.
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  • Wildfires — Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now — and practicing wildfire safety.

Learn more about preparing for and responding to Severe Weather.

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