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.
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.
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.
Editorial Note: This interview was recorded in early December.
Featured image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.