Department of Health and Human Services
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2007
HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

For Friday, November 2, 2007


HHS Secretary Leavitt, DHS Secretary Chertoff Meet with Health Ministers on Global Health Security
Photo opportunities at both breakfast meeting and Ministerial meeting
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will meet with health ministers from allied nations, the European Union, and the World Health Organization for a breakfast and photo opportunity Friday, Nov. 2. A Ministerial meeting and second photo opportunity will follow the breakfast.

The meetings will take place as part of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI), where health ministers, senior officials, and technical experts have engaged in a series of discussions and workshops this week in Washington to help decide how best to address the threats of bioterrorism, infectious disease, and other public-health risks.

The GHSI originated following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks, when the U.S. Government called for the establishment of a regular, formal opportunity for the health ministers of the major industrialized nations and its immediate neighbors to meet and exchange ideas. This is the first time the U.S. has hosted the meeting.
Who: The Honorable Mike Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
The Honorable Michael Chertoff, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
The Right Honorable Tony Clement, MP, Minister of Health, Canada
The Honorable Markos Kyprianou, Esq. Commissioner for Health, EuropeanCommission
The Honorable Ulla Schmidt, Federal Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Germany
The Honorable José Angel Córdova-Villalobos, M.D., Secretary of Health, Mexico
The Right Honorable Dawn Primarolo, MP, Minister of State for Public Health, United Kingdom
Dr. Donato Greco, Head, Department of Prevention and Communication, Ministry of Health, Italy
The Honorable Kenta Matsunami, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Labor and Welfare, Japan
Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization
What: Two Photo Opportunities
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at 8:00 a.m., and 9:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. photo opportunity at a breakfast with HHS Secretary Leavitt, DHS Secretary Chertoff and Ministers of Health
9:00 a.m. photo opportunity at Ministerial Meeting with HHS Secretary Leavitt and Ministers of Health
Where: (8:00 a.m. Breakfast)
Stone House
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md. 20892
(9:30 a.m. Meeting)
Natcher Conference Center Auditorium
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md. 20892
Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

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