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Celebrating Be Best’s First Anniversary

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The NIH Director speaks at Be Best's First Anniversary in the White House Rose Garden
On May 7, 2019, I joined the President and First Lady in the White House Rose Garden to mark the first anniversary of the First Lady’s Be Best program. During my remarks, I recognized Amani (standing), who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant for sickle cell disease, and others from the NIH Children’s Inn. Credit: NIH

Milken Global Conference 2019

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Health leaders join hands with Michael Milken
Joining hands with my fellow panelists and host of the Milken Institute Global Conference—Toward a Healthier Future. Our wide-ranging panel discussion focused on some of the major health care issues now before us in prevention, treatment, and care. Standing next to me (from left to right) are: Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chief operating officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle; Tanisha Carino, executive director, FasterCures, Washington, D.C.; Seema Verma, administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.; Michael Milken, chairman, Milken Institute, Santa Monica, CA; Bernard Tyson, chairman and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA. Our panel discussion took place on April 29 at the start of the Milken Institute Global Conference 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Meeting with Congressman Rogers at Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

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Congressman Hal Rogers and Francis Collins
It was nice to meet with Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky at the eighth annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. This four-day event, held from April 22-25, 2019, offers an opportunity for decision makers and allied professionals to discuss ways to better address this public health emergency and help heal affected communities and families. Credit: Pierce Harman Photography

Panel Discussion at Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

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Dr. Collins taking part in panel discussion of HEALing Communities Study
I’ve enjoyed taking part in the eighth annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Here, I’m participating in a panel discussion about the newly launched HEALing Communities Study. Joining in the discussion (left to right) are: Nora Volkow, director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse; Alex Elswick of Kentucky Voices of Hope, Lexington; and Sharon Walsh, University of Kentucky, Lexington. The panel discussion took place on April 23, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Centennial Ballroom.

Announcing the HEALing Communities Awards

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HEALing Communities press conference
Along with (left to right) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir; I was pleased to take part in a news conference on April 18, 2019 to announce the awardees for our HEALing Communities Study. The study will aim to reduce opioid overdose deaths dramatically in some of our nation’s hardest-hit communities. Credit: HHS

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