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U.S. deputy secretary for health, human services to speak on health care reform

Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on “Public Health Implications of Health Care Reform” Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Upstate Medical University.

Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on “Public Health Implications of Health Care Reform” Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Upstate Medical University.

— Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on “Public Health Implications of Health Care Reform” Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Upstate Medical University.

Corr, the second-highest ranking official in the HHS, will speak at 4 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Deputy Secretary Corr’s visit will provide the Syracuse community with an opportunity to hear form one the nation’s top leaders in healthcare discuss such pivotal issues as public health and healthcare reform,” said Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, chair of Upstate’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, which sponsors Corr’s visit.

Corr was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate May 6, 2009. As deputy secretary, Corr is responsible for operations in one of the largest civilian department in federal government.

He returned to the department after serving as executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a privately funded organization created to help reduce tobacco use among both kids and adults. Corr joined Tobacco-Free Kids in March 2000.

Corr was chief counsel and policy director for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle from 1998 to 2000. Before working for the senate minority leader, Corr served as the chief of staff for HHS, where he was principal advisor to Secretary Donna E. Shalala on all major policy and management issues and initiatives. His tenure with HHS began in 1993.

From the late 1970s to early 1990s, Corr served as chief counsel and staff director for various U.S. Senate and house committees, where his major legislative and oversight responsibilities included the Brady Bill, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, prescription drug and state insurance regulation, the S&L industry and several Supreme Court nominations.

Corr holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

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