Holly Wong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will visit Taiwan from October 22-26 to attend the 2016 Global Health Forum, co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health and Welfare. At the Forum, Ms. Wong will address the importance of developing a global health agenda. “Investing in health will not only reduce illness but can also reduce poverty,” she says. Ms. Wong will meet with Taiwan officials during her stay.
At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Wong has primary responsibility for developing policy and strategy on global health issues. Previously, she was vice president for public policy at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a public-private product development partnership. Ms. Wong has significant global health experience in both public and private sectors. She spent six years in the pharmaceutical industry focused on a broad range of policy issues, three years with the Inter-American Development Bank as a health economist, leading teams to design and implement health policy reform programs and six years with a private consulting firm, conducting technical assistance and research assignments in health financing and health policy reform in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is Ms. Wong’s first visit to Taiwan in her role at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.