U.S. and Mexican Health Secretaries to Sign Agreement on Cooperation in Health at Annual Meeting of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission

Saturday, March 1, 2008 General News J E 4

Mike Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, Secretary of Health of the United Mexican States

Andy von Eschenbach, M.D., HHS Food and Drug Administration Commissioner

RADM Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Response

Juan Antonio Garcia Villa, Commissioner of the Mexican Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Remarks begin at 9:30 a.m. CT

Signing Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. CT

Media availability at 11:45 a.m. CT


Embassy Suites Hotel, Citrus Ballroom

1800 South 2nd Street

McAllen, Texas


HHS Press Office

(202) 690-6343

BACKGROUND: The United States and Mexico are committed to a strong partnership to address shared health concerns. The Secretaries of Health from the two countries will meet with representatives from the U.S. and Mexican border states during the annual meeting of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. They will discuss progress in early warning infectious disease surveillance along the shared border, the strengthening of collaboration between the Commission and the Pan American Health Organization field office in El Paso, Texas; and hear a report on the Border Bi-national Health Week. At the conclusion of the meeting, the two Secretaries will renew a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Mexico on cooperation in health.

For more information about U.S. health-diplomacy work, visit For more information on the Annual United States-Mexico Border Health Commission meeting, visit

CONTACT: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Press Office, +1-202-690-6343

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 29/

SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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