AAFP Welcomes Confirmation of Sylvia Burwell As Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Reid Blackwelder, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family physicians looks forward to working with Sylvia Burwell as she takes the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Burwell has been an effective administrator and organizational leader in both federal and not-for-profit arenas. Her tenure as director of the Office of Management and Budget, her term as president of the Walmart Foundation, and her service with the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provide the budgetary and frontline experience needed to guide HHS in ensuring continued, meaningful health care reform.

“Just as we have enjoyed working with Kathleen Sebelius during her tenure as HHS secretary, we anticipate continued interest in building a health care delivery system that is based on primary care.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Blackwelder, contact Janelle Davis, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5222, or jdavis@aafp.org.

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