Summer 2009 • Issue 18

HHS Leadership Confirmed

On April 28, Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NIH (of which NIAAA is a component) is one of several agencies that make up HHS, the principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans by providing effective health and human services. Other HHS agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration.

As Governor of Kansas, Secretary Sebelius expanded the State’s newborn screenings, placed a renewed emphasis on childhood immunization, and increased eligibility for children’s health coverage. She also worked closely with first responders and law enforcement agencies in Kansas to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.


On May 6 the Senate unanimously confirmed Bill Corr as Deputy Secretary of the Department. Mr. Corr most recently served as Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Previously, he served for 12 years as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment; he also has served as Chief of Staff for HHS.

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