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HHS Global Health Strategy, 2011

Published October 2011

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HHS Global Health Strategy, 2011

This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on global health is dated October 13, 2011. The foreward by the Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, states,

"Today, the health of Americans and the health of people around the world are more closely linked than ever before. Although the chief mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to enhance the health and well being of all Americans, it is critically important that we cooperate with other nations and international organizations to reduce the risks of disease, disability, and premature death throughout the world. Whether implementing life-saving vaccination programs or building public health infrastructure where none exists, HHS has consistently offered its unmatched expertise and resources for the betterment of Americans and people around the world. But some of the most critical global health issues can only be tackled in concert with other entities, whether in our own country, like the State Department or the U.S. Agency for International Development, or with partnerships with the international community through the World Health Organization, Ministries of Health, and nongovernment organizations around the world. Only through these multiple and collaborative efforts will we truly make a mark by improving global health.

It is with these thoughts in mind that I called for the creation of the Department's first Global Health Strategy. This document will guide our actions as HHS asserts its important role in the global health environment. The strategy reflects the best advice from the Department's leading experts – from the Food and Drug Administration scientists stationed in China who monitor global food trade, to the National Institutes of Health laboratory researchers in Mexico who strengthen our preparedness for the
many diseases that threaten to cross borders.

The strategy reflects the importance of global public health in realizing not only our own diplomatic and security goals, but also the goals of other nations. It uses the Department's unique leadership and expertise to improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world to help make a safer and more secure world community. It will ensure that the great work we do abroad will continue to have a positive impact. Our efforts will afford the opportunity to prevent and detect coming health crises domestically and abroad, a greater ability for us to learn from other nations' success, and more sustainable health systems that effectively protect and secure health."

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