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Xavier Becerra became the first Latino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services in March 2021.

Prior to becoming HHS Secretary, Becerra had been a U.S. congressman for 12 terms representing California, serving from 1992 to 2017. He then succeeded Kamala Harris as the Attorney General of California.

Now, Becerra is responsible for leading and overseeing agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and more.

Read the episode transcript here.

Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa recently visited the Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. to attend a ‘Music is Medicine’ event.

The event was open to the public and staffers at HHS in hopes of educating people on how music can impact mental health and learn more about what resources HHS offers.  In tune with the theme, there were performances by kids playing steel drums, an elderly choir and a local Go-go music.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For this episode of Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Xavier Becerra to discuss mental health, Latino representation in the Biden-Harris White House, immigration, Gaza, and much more.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra participates in a podcast interview with Maria Hinojosa for Latino USA Tuesday, December 5, 2023 in his small conference room at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. (Official HHS Photo by Amy Rossetti)

Editorial Note: This interview was recorded in early December. 

Featured image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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