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This Week with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Over this past weekend, Secretary Sebelius joined DHS Secretary Napolitano and CDC Acting Director Dr. Besser in communicating important H1N1 flu information to all Americans. The Secretary was in Atlanta to speak to the Council on Foundations on building partnerships and to take part in a CDC press briefing on H1N1. Wednesday, at a speech before the AFSCME Nurses Conference, Secretary Sebelius challenged hospitals to work to reduce health care associated infections as she released two new HHS reports on the quality of health care in America.


Thumbnail of the 2008 The National Healthcare Quality Report             Thumbnail of the The National Healthcare Disparities Report


"Today's reports show why we can't wait to enact comprehensive health reform. The status quo is unsustainable and we cannot allow millions of Americans to continue to go without the care they need and deserve."

--Secretary Sebelius  

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.

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May 6, 2009
Secretary Sebelius Highlights Two New Reports on Health Care Quality, Says Improving Quality is Key Component of Health Reform

At a speech before the AFSCME Nurses Conference Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today discussed two new HHS reports on the quality of health care in America and challenged hospitals to work to reduce health care associated infections. Published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the annual 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report and 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicate that patient safety measures have worsened and that a substantial number of Americans do not receive recommended care.  More...

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...

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Of Interest: Spring Storms

tornado 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.

Learn more about preparing for and responding to Severe Weather.

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