Skip Navigation
Link to HHS Website Department of Health & Human Services
Link to Administration on Aging HomePage
  Home > Press Room > For the Press > Media Advisories
About AoA
Press Room
Elders & Families
Emergency Preparedness
Aging Statistics
AoA Programs
Program Results
Grant Opportunities
AoA Funded Resource Centers

This is an archive page. The links are no longer being updated.

Media Advisories

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Contact: Tony Salters, CMS Public Affairs
214/767.3225 office/ 972.897.8167 mobile

Carbonell, Greater Houston Community Leaders Call for a "Healthier US"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will join Greater Houston/Harris County officials and community representatives to help educate residents about the importance of prevention. Participants will highlight “A Healthier US Starts Here” campaign, which is helping people prevent disease and live healthier, more active lives.



Eric D. Hargan, Acting Deputy Secretary, HHS
Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging, HHS
Roger Perez, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS
Sylvia Garcia, Harris County Commissioner
Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston
Diabetes America
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Gateway to Care
Social Security Administration
Harris County Area Agency on Aging

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Note: Media availability begins at 9:30 AM, speaker remarks at 10:00 AM

North East Community Center,
located in James Driver Park
10918 Bentley, Houston, TX 77093


Medicare covers many important screenings and other preventive benefits to help people with Medicare live healthier and more active lives. As part of the Healthier US Starts Here initiative, Medicare and its partners will raise awareness of the importance of preventing chronic disease and illness like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. The Medicare tour bus will visit each of the 48 continental states over the course of this spring and summer, bringing spokespersons to work with community partners, city and state leaders, and disease prevention advocates involved in these initiatives. People with Medicare will be asked to take action, talk to their health care providers and visit  to learn more about preventive services they are eligible to receive and access tools to help manage their healthcare