||NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series
The National Institutes of Health is pleased to welcome the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Howard Koh, as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on April 28, 2011 in commemorating minority health month.
Dr. Koh oversees 14 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. He also serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary. The Office of Assistant Secretary for Health implements an array of interdisciplinary programs relating to disease prevention, health promotion, the reduction of health disparities, women's and minority health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and chronic infectious diseases, vaccine programs, fitness, sports and nutrition, bioethics, population affairs, blood supply, research integrity and human research protections. As the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh is dedicated to the mission of creating better public health systems for prevention and care so that all people can reach their highest attainable standard of health.
On April 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (HHS Action Plan). The plan demonstrates the Department's commitment to continuously assessing the impact of its policies and programs focused on reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and achieving health equity. The HHS Action Plan builds on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act and is aligned with programs and initiatives such as Healthy People 2020, the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative and the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
In his presentation entitled, "Eliminating Health Disparities through the Affordable Care Act and Beyond: A Health in All Policies Approach," Dr. Koh will outline actions HHS agencies are taking, in partnership with other federal agencies and the community to realize the Department's vision of a nation free from disparities in health and health care for racial and ethnic minority populations.