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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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.
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...
HHS Family of Agencies
The Department of Health and Human Services is the principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans. It is comprised of the Office of the Secretary and 11 operating divisions.
OS - Office of the Secretary
ACF - Administration for Children & Families
AoA - Administration on Aging
AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
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
April showers bring May flowers. Sometimes those showers are not gentle rain, but thunderous and deadly storms. Whatever spring weather comes your way, be sure you are prepared to weather the storm.
- 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.
- Floods — You may have to evacuate if your area floods. Be prepared and watch for information from your local authorities.
- Wildfires — Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now — and practicing wildfire safety.
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