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AHLA Announces Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Christi A. Grimm as Keynote Speakers for AHLA's Annual Meeting

  • March, 19, 2021

AHLA announces Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Christi A. Grimm, Principal Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General as keynote speakers for Annual Meeting.  

In their presentation, Dr. Fauci and Ms. Grimm will discuss issues such as the COVID-19 vaccine distribution status, health equity, and what health care entities and the attorneys, compliance officers, consultants, and others who work with them can do to advance public health in the United States. 

“I am thrilled to announce Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Christi A. Grimm as keynote speakers for Annual Meeting,” comments Cynthia Y. Reisz, President-Elect of AHLA, “As we look towards advancements in public health and health equity, we are pleased to provide a forum for two giants in the field to share their expertise with health law professionals from across the country.”  

Complimentary press registration is available for the Annual Meeting—see the program page for additional details.  

About Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: 

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2021 is an estimated $6.1 billion. 

Dr. Fauci has advised seven Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. 

About Christi A. Grimm: 

Christi A. Grimm is the Principal Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Since January 2020, Ms. Grimm has been performing the duties of the Inspector General for HHS. Ms. Grimm leads an independent and objective organization of more than 1,600 auditors, evaluators, investigators, lawyers, and management professionals. Ms. Grimm is responsible for the oversight of more than 100 programs administered by HHS agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health. Collectively, these programs are regularly responsible for approximately $1.5 trillion annually; with the inclusion of the Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) relief funding, HHS was responsible for a total of $2.4 trillion in 2020.  

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HHS OIG is responsible for oversight of the HHS COVID-19 response and relief efforts. Ms. Grimm represents HHS OIG on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) and leads PRAC’s Health Care Subgroup.