Howard Koh

Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

We’ve had Chief Technology Officers and National Coordinators from HHS at Health 2.0, but with Howard we’re rolling out the big guns. Yup, he needed (and got) Senate confirmation! Howard oversees 14 core public health offices, including the Surgeon General and the Public Health Service. And he’s the senior public health advisor to the Secretary. Howard is also responsible for interdisciplinary programs relating to disease prevention, health promotion, the reduction of health disparities, and a whole lot more. Previously he was a Professor of Public Health at Harvard and the Commissioner for Public Health in Massachusetts. We’re delighted Howard is here to tell us more about health promotion and help announce Health 2.0 Developer Challenge winners. We hope it almost rivals the thrill of a couple of other experiences he’s had—being President of Yale Glee Club and throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park.