The New HHS Secretary and America’s Neglected Infections of Poverty

In her decade-long tenure at the Gates Foundation, Sylvia Mathews Burwell learned a lot about the close links between disease, poverty, and development. To be sure, the new Health and Human Services Secretary will be inundated with tough and pressing issues such as the Affordable Care Act and the start of a second decade of flat funding for the NIH, among others. But Ms. Burwell’s deep knowledge of global development will also position her to tackle a unique but mostly hidden problem among the poorest Americans.

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