NEWS | October 16, 2012

Assistant Secretary for Health speaks at Dean's Lecture Series


Howard K. Koh, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak in Sacramento on "Best Practices in Public Health Leadership for a Healthier Nation."

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Howard K. Koh

Koh oversees 14 core public health offices -- including the Office of the Surgeon General and U.S. Public Health Service Corps --  as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. As the assistant secretary for health, he is dedicated to the mission of creating better public health systems for prevention and care so that all people can reach their highest attainable standard of health.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in the Education Building's Robert T. Matsui Lecture Hall, 4610 X Street, Sacramento. A map and directions are online at A reception will precede Koh's lecture at 4 p.m. at the lecture hall. Registration is requested to or 916-734-9101.

The Dean's Lecture Series links UC Davis Health System and the broader community with thought leaders on the nation's critical health issues -- with the goal of identifying new ways to improve health care and health for all. Initiated by Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, these public forums provide opportunities to better understand the ways in which science, medicine, technology and advocacy can reduce health disparities and enhance patient care, quality of life and community health. To view videos of past lectures, visit

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at