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HRSA at the United Nations

Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. (fifth from left), HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, and HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels (center) appeared at the United Nations on Monday with HRSA staff in support of HHS Secretary Alex Azar's call for "focusing the international discourse around healthcare ... and on the preservation of human life."
Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. (fifth from left), HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, and HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels (center) appeared at the United Nations on Monday with HRSA staff in support of HHS Secretary Alex Azar's call for "focusing the international discourse around healthcare ... and on the preservation of human life."

 

HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II (at left) addressed the United Nation's High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on Sept. 23 to present a joint statement, agreed to by 19 countries representing more than 1.3 billion people, in support of "better health for all people," and urging "the work of international institutions toward that goal ... especially (for) those in situations of risk and/or vulnerability."
HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II (at left) addressed the United Nation's High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on Sept. 23 to present a joint statement, agreed to by 19 countries representing more than 1.3 billion people, in support of "better health for all people," and urging "the work of international institutions toward that goal ... especially (for) those in situations of risk and/or vulnerability." Read the full text of the Secretary's address.

 

Secretary Azar stressed that primary care providers and services are essential to accomplishing missions like ending the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, combating the opioid crisis in the U.S. and delivering better health for all worldwide. The Secretary co-hosted an event with the Kazakhstan Health Minister Yelzhan Birtanov titled, "Primary Health Care Towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals."

The U.S is a recognized leader in developing care delivery systems that meet the U.N. aim of universal access -- as demonstrated by HRSA programs that integrate behavioral and oral health into primary care; promote the equitable distribution of the health workforce; and account for geographically isolated and chronically ill people.

 

HRSA staff accompanying the Secretary were (from left) Austin Demby, CDR Charlie Darr and RADM Kerry Nesseler of the HRSA Office of Global Health, with Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care. At right, Tom Engels confers with Brazilian Minister of Health and pediatrician Dr. Luiz Henrique Mandetta.
HRSA staff accompanying the Secretary were (from left) Austin Demby, CDR Charlie Darr and RADM Kerry Nesseler of the HRSA Office of Global Health, with Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care. At right, Tom Engels confers with Brazilian Minister of Health and pediatrician Dr. Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

 

Secretary Azar (left) met with Dr. Mandetta, an expert on communicable diseases like tuberculosis, yellow fever and measles, and a champion of cross-border immunization and clinician training programs in Brazil and its neighboring countries.
Secretary Azar (left) met with Dr. Mandetta, an expert on communicable diseases like tuberculosis, yellow fever and measles, and a champion of cross-border immunization and clinician training programs in Brazil and its neighboring countries.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2019