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Working to End HIV Epidemic

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HIV Meeting
On June 26, 2019, NIH hosted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Global-Domestic HIV Meeting at the Natcher Conference Center. It was an honor to be joined by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (right), shown here speaking beforehand with me and Tony Fauci (left), director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Secretary provided opening remarks on the President’s initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. The NIH meeting assembled leaders in the field to discuss the successes and challenges in ending the HIV epidemic in America and abroad. Credit: HHS

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

#PainMonth18 Twitter Chat

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Francis Collins and Alex Azar

A look behind the scenes at the #PainMonth18 Twitter Chat. I’m sitting with Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and we’re watching a brief video. The twitter chat took place on September 18 in Washington, D.C. in recognition of Pain Awareness Month. Credit: HHS


Supporting First Lady’s “Be Best” Campaign

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Francis Collins and friends in the White House Rose Garden

It was a beautiful afternoon to support First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign on May 7, 2018 at an event held in the White House Rose Garden. The “Be Best” campaign promotes healthy living, using social media in positive ways, and reducing opioid abuse. In this photo (from left to right) are: Fern Jennifer Stone; the chief development and communications officer for the Children’s Inn at NIH; Francis Collins; Jennie Lucca, chief executive officer of the Children’s Inn; Alex Azar, secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; Larry Tabak, NIH deputy director; and Laura King, senior director of Volunteers and Community Outreach at the Children’s Inn.
Courtesy of @SecAzar