June 19, 2013
HHS releases new Public Health Service guideline to reduce disease transmission through organ transplantation
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through organ transplantation and adds guidance for reducing unexpected transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) through organ transplants.
June 14, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement on World Blood Donor Day
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to recognize World Blood Donor Day and the unique life-saving role that blood donors play in communities in the United States and around the world.
June 14, 2013
HHS Releases 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Update
Health and Human Services today released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update, a follow-up to the initial plan released in May 2012. The update reflects our national progress towards accomplishing the goals set a year ago, as well as new and revised action steps.
June 13, 2013
Inter-agency letter regarding hepatitis B discrimination issued
The Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter today to the nation’s medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools regarding hepatitis B discrimination.
June 10, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement on National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day
A father’s love and full involvement in his children’s lives is crucial to their health, well-being, and development. Fathers influence the physical well-being of their children in a number of ways -- by being engaged in their lives, supporting a mother’s health, or by ensuring that children get the preventive services, such as vaccinations and well-baby checkups, they need to stay healthy. Fathers make a difference.
June 3, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement on LGBT Pride Month
For too long, the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were pushed to the side. LGBT individuals have faced limited access to health care and insurance. They have been less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, have higher rates of tobacco use, and are often at increased risk for mental health illness.
June 3, 2013
Secure health data helping patients, doctors improve care and health
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of new data and new opportunities for researchers and developers at the beginning of Health Datapalooza IV. This is the fourth annual national conference on health data transparency, which brings together government, non-profit, and private sector organizations to look at the potential for open data from HHS and other sources to help improve health and health care.
May 31, 2013
HHS AND USDA announce the appointment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the appointment of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
May 29, 2013
Obama administration releases final rules on employment-based wellness programs
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury continued to move forward to implement the health care law today, by issuing final rules on employment-based wellness programs.
May 28, 2013
Take action during National Hurricane Preparedness Week
The devastation wrought by the recent powerful tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area is a tragic reminder of the importance of being prepared for severe weather of all kinds. National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-June 1, is a time to emphasize that preparing for these massive storms is vital to every family’s health and well-being. By preparing now, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the damaging impacts of a storm.