Hall Heads for HHS Headquarters
After 18 years at NIH, Bill Hall, communications director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research, Office of Disease Prevention, is leaving for a newly created position as deputy director of the news division in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, HHS. He will be involved with coordinating and managing media activities for the department. "Exceptional" is how Drs. William Harlan, NIH associate director for disease prevention, and John Ferguson, OMAR director, characterize Hall and his accomplishments at NIH. His colleagues warmly describe him as "a fountain of knowledge and a wizard of versatility." He created Web sites for three ODP offices and promoted many of their activities. He also oversaw all press activities for more than 50 NIH consensus development conferences. During his NIH career, he has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Special Act or Service Award for designing and developing the ODS Web site, and the NIH Merit Award "in recognition of the interpersonal relation skills, creative energy, and dedication in effectively implementing and imaginatively expanding OMAR's congressionally mandated information dissemination program."