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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. is Founder and Chair Emeritus of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 

He was General Counsel of the Department of the Army and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense before becoming a Special Assistant to President Johnson from 1965 to 1969.  He served as President Johnson’s top domestic aide, led the preparation of the President’s legislative program, coordinated economic policy and handled a variety of domestic matters.  During those years, The New York Times called him “deputy President for domestic affairs.” 

He served as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Carter from 1977 to 1979. He mounted major health promotion and disease prevention programs, including the nation's first anti-smoking campaign and issuance of the first Surgeon General’s report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  He issued the first regulations to provide equal treatment to women’s athletics under Title IX, Medicare coverage for hospice care, and access protection for the handicapped.    

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