Ms. Dawn O'Connell serves as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ASPR is the Secretary's principal advisor on public health emergencies, and her office leads the nation in preventing, responding to, and recovering from the adverse health effects of man-made and naturally occurring disasters. The office coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies. Prior to this role, Ms. O'Connell served as the Senior Counselor to Secretary Becerra for COVID-19. She was also the Director of the US Office for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI), a global partnership to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics. As director, she was responsible for managing the broad spectrum of CEPI's US and North American interests including its relationships with US and North American-based stakeholders, government entities, and industry partners. O'Connell served as a Senior Counselor to Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Sebelius at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama-Biden Administration. In these roles, O'Connell advised the Secretaries on high-priority domestic policy, global health and humanitarian issues, including infectious diseases, public health emergencies, and refugees. She worked with HHS leaders, the White House, and other federal and international partners, to resolve key policy challenges, lead implementation, and drive progress toward Administration goals. O'Connell received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. She is an avid runner, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Ben and two daughters, Frannie and Maddie.
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Born in Coimbra in 1964 but he has always lived in Porto.
He has a medical degree.
He is doctor specialising in Internal Medicine at Centro Hospitalar Universitário São João and was Medical Director of the Hospital da Ordem da Trindade.
He was member of the Parliament (2005-2013) and member of the Parliament Committee for Health.
He was Secretary of State for Health (2008-2009) and Deputy Minister for Health (2009-2011).
He was Councillor for Porto Municipality (2013 to 2021).
He was member of the European Parliament (2019-2022) and chair of the Socialist delegation at the European Parliament since 2022.
He was High Commissioner of the National Health Convention.
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The Ministry of Health is the government department whose mission is to define and conduct national health policy.