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William Hall

Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
HHS Office of the Secretary

Bill Hall is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (Public Health). As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Bill provides strategic guidance and leadership in the formulation of public affairs policies and programs regarding the dissemination of public health information to the public and the media. 

Bill provides advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and other senior HHS leadership as well as White House officials on major Departmental and Administration issues, including policy matters, legislative initiatives, regulations proposals and program objectives. In this role he also serves as a Departmental spokesperson and is responsible for coordinating the Department’s media outreach and engagement on a wide range of public health issues involving FDA, CDC, NIH, ASPR, OASH and OGA.

Bill has more than 35 years of public affairs experience in HHS, including 18 years of various media relations and public affairs work at the National Institutes of Health, and 17 years of handling public affairs activities in ASPA, including more than a decade as the head of the Department’s press office.

Bill is an expert in crisis and emergency risk communication, with a particular focus on public health, infectious disease, immunization, and global health security. He has managed crisis risk communications responses including the 2001 anthrax attacks, SARS, Ebola, Zika, numerous other infectious disease and foodborne disease outbreaks, and assorted natural disasters. As Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in 2009, Mr. Hall led the U.S. Government’s early communications response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Bill represents HHS on the Department of Homeland Security’s interagency emergency public affairs committee, providing input and advice on public health communications in national emergencies. 

Bill also serves as the international liaison for HHS public affairs and as an expert in international emergency risk communications, working closely with foreign government health and public safety communications officers in partner nations and in international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. He has directly advised world health officials, national government health ministers and other senior health officials in numerous countries on emergency and crisis risk communications.  He also represents the U.S. as the founding co-chair of the Communicators Network of the Global Health Security Initiative.

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Content last reviewed on February 10, 2017