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0 April 13, 2000
Volume 30 Number 17
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U.S. Health Secretary to Speak

Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

As one of the highlights of Founders Week, Donna E. Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be speaking on Thursday, April 27. Secretary Shalala will be addressing "America's Health Care in the New Millennium."

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Harlen Adams Theatre.

Born in 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, Shalala has been a scholar, educational administrator, and a public servant for her entire career.

Nominated on January 20, 1993, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 22, Shalala leads the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, including Medicare.

Since taking the helm at HHS, Secretary Shalala has led administration efforts to reform the nation's welfare system and improve health care while containing costs. She is also carrying out management restructuring and reform at HHS, aimed at improving efficiency and service to customers.

Prior to her career at HHS, Shalala served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was the first woman to head a Big Ten University. Before that, she served as president of Hunter College (CUNY) for eight years, and as assistant secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration.

Shalala received her Ph.D. in 1970 from Syracuse University. After graduating, she volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching in Iran. -- JL


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