Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory

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CNLM Special Lecture

This event is free and open to the public.

Leading the Nation’s Health Initiatives through Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Don Wright, MD, MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

September 24, 2014 (Wednesday)
Lecture: 2-3 pm in the Beckman Institute Auditorium
Reception: 3-4 pm in the Beckman Institute Atrium
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Abstract:
Dr. Don Wright is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). In this capacity, he leads the coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ODPHP is responsible for Healthy People 2020, a comprehensive set of ten year national health objectives and a framework for public health priorities and actions.   He also provides leadership for Dietary Guidelines for Americans, an evidence based nutrition information system based on expert review of current science.   Prior to joining ODPHP, Dr. Wright served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Healthcare Quality and Acting Director of the Office of Research Integrity. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  During this time, he also served as the alternate U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization Executive Board. Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Wright was Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the U.S. Department of Labor. 

At this lecture, Dr. Wright will discuss chronic disease prevention in the context of Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion initiatives, including Healthy People, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Physical Activity Guidelines, healthfinder.gov, and the promotion of clinical preventive services. He will also share the latest health issues and policies related to healthy aging and will provide information about the upcoming Healthy Aging Summit.