Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala To Give Annual Harper Fellow Lecture at Yale Law School

Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala will deliver the 1999 Harper Fellow Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 7, at noon in the Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St.

Shalala will speak on “Public Service and Private Records: Making Sure We Have Both.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Fowler Harper Memorial Fund, established in 1965 in memory of Professor Harper, supports the Harper Fellowship, awarded to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the public life of the nation.

Donna Shalala is the longest serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history. She joined the Clinton administration in January 1993 and since then has led the administration’s efforts to reform the welfare system and improve health care while containing health costs.

In her six years as secretary, the department has guided the approval of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, raised child immunization rates to the highest levels in history, led the fight against youth tobacco use, and crusaded for streamlined processes for approving new drugs to treat AIDS and other diseases. She has also redefined the role of Health and Human Services Secretary, partnering with businesses and other private sector organizations to extend the department’s public health and education mission. She appeared in a “milk mustache” advertisement to promote the prevention of osteoporosis, threw the opening pitch for the Baltimore Orioles’ season as part of a campaign to separate baseball from smokeless tobacco, and appeared in an online chat on the WNBA’s web site to discuss breast cancer prevention.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Shalala was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1993, where she spearheaded a $225 million program to renovate and add to the university’s research complex. In 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education.

Shalala has more than two dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award and the Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year Award in 1994. She has been elected to the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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