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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., is the author of several books, including How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents and High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It. He has written articles for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reader's Digest, the New Republic, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is the founder and chair emeritus of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), an independent, nonprofit research center in New York City. Joseph served as President Lyndon B. Johnson's top White House domestic aide from 1965 to 1969. From 1977 to 1979, he served as U.S. secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter. He has been an adjunct professor of public health at Columbia University's Medical School and School of Public Health and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award, the Institute's highest honor, for his contributions to improving public health, his leadership in catalyzing federal action to curb smoking, and his broader efforts to reduce the toll of addiction and substance abuse. Joseph resides in Westport, Connecticut.

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