Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., assistant secretary of health, will speak about a UMKC Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug., 15, in room 3301 of the UMKC Health Sciences Building.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a tobacco-free campus provides benefits such as providing employers with the opportunity to communicate a consistent pro-health message, while also casting a positive image and reducing tobacco-related health care costs.
Koh began his term as the 14th assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009. He oversees 14 core public health offices including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 presidential and secretarial advisory roles. He also serves as the senior public health advisor to the Secretary of HHS.