APHA welcomes appointment of Alex Azar, new US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Date: Jan 24 2018

CONTACT: Megan Lowry at 202-777-3913 

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., January 24, 2018 — "APHA looks forward to working with Alex Azar as he leads U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to protect the health of all Americans.

"As the former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush and former president of Eli Lilly, we know Secretary Azar has the necessary experience to lead more than 80,000 federal workers and manage the agency’s indispensable health programs and operations. We look forward to working on a solution to rising drug and medical costs together, ensuring quality and affordable health care to all, strengthening the nation’s governmental public health system and creating better opportunities for all Americans to live their healthiest lives.

"I see many opportunities for Secretary Azar and the public health community to work together productively in the coming years, and we strongly encourage and welcome his support of key HHS public health activities, including the continued implementation of all of the important provisions of the Affordable Care Act and funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

"I look forward to working with Secretary Azar in his pursuit of a healthier nation."

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