Oveta Culp Hobby, first U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In 1952, NCFR was instrumental in organizing a Midwest Ad Hoc Conference on the proposed U.S. Family Department of Welfare. The purpose of the conference was to facilitate interprofessional consideration of family welfare and the implications of a proposed federal welfare department. It took place in Chicago on February 27, 1953, and was sponsored by NCFR, nine midwestern state councils, and several other organizations. NCFR President Robert Foster presided over the conference. Chair of the day was Fred Hoehler, CEO of the Citizen’s Committee of Greater Chicago and former Director of the Illinois Department of Welfare. Keynote speakers were Helen Ross, Administrative Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and Paul Magnuson, Chair of President Eisenhower’s Commission to Study the Health Needs of the Nation.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Just a few weeks later, President Eisenhower’s push to elevate the Federal Security Agency to cabinet status was successful, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was born. Mrs. Ovela Culp Hobby was named its first secretary, becoming the only woman in President Eisenhower’s Cabinet. In 1979, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was renamed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, when its education functions were transferred to the newly created U.S. Department of Education.