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Who We Are

Who We Are

The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs provides leadership and expertise in global health diplomacy and policy to protect the well-being of Americans. We coordinate within HHS, the U.S. government, and with other countries on global health and human service issues to foster a healthier nation and world and to advance U.S. interests in development and global health security. 

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker is the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs. The policy work of the office is organized into the International Relations Division (IRD) and the Policy & Program Coordination Division. The IRD is organized regionally with Directors for Africa, the Americas, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and the Pacific and a Multilateral Affairs Director who works with international organizations. The Policy & Program Coordination Division includes the following offices, Policy, PEPFAR, Pandemics and Emerging Threats, and Agency Liaison. 

Holly Wong is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs. In that role, she has primary responsibility for developing policy and strategy for the agency on global health issues. Previously she was Vice President for Public Policy at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a public-private product development partnership encompassing both scientific activities and policy and advocacy in the areas of innovation, R&D policy, access to medicines, and health financing.  

Mitchell I. Wolfe, is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs.  He was with CDC from 1998-2014, most recently as the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thailand Office, as well as the Director of the CDC Global AIDS Program Thailand/Asia Regional Program, which provides technical assistance to several countries in the region and in Africa. 

What We Do

The Office of Global Affairs works to advance three overarching global health goals:

  1. Protect and promote the health and well-being of Americans through global action,
  2. Improve global health and well-being by providing international leadership and technical expertise in science, policy, and programs, and
  3. Advance United States interests in international diplomacy, development, and security through global action.

To learn more about these goals, see HHS’s Global Strategy

Roles, Responsibilities and Functions

As a Staff Division within the Office of the Secretary at HHS, we:

  • Represent the Secretary and HHS in discussions of international matters
  • Provide support for the direct involvement of the Secretary and other top HHS officials in international activities
  • Help to coordinate across agencies the international engagement of HHS with and international organizations Advance the collective interests and positions of HHS in international engagements and discussions of global health and human services policies
  • Work with the Department of State in the development, negotiation, and execution of health arrangements and agreements with foreign governments and international organizations
  • Liaise with the White House and other Executive Branch agencies to advance the interests and positions of HHS and public health at-large
  • Support Administration priorities and initiatives by connecting to and coordinating with the resources and expertise of HHS
  • Represent the United States at the World Health Organization and its regional bodies
  • Post and support HHS health attachés around the world

Office Organization

OGA consists of the International Relations and Policy & Program Coordination Divisions, and the Executive Office.

  • International Relations Division: The IRD is regionally organized into offices for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East. Rounding out the IRD is the Multilateral team, which works with international organizations.
  • Policy & Program Coordination Division: The PPCD is topically organized into offices for Agency Coordination, Pandemics and Emerging Threats, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Trade & Health.
  • Executive Office: The Executive Office provides administrative, operations, and information management support to OGA.