For Immediate Release
APHA Applauds Choice of Daschle as Head of Department of Health and Human Services
Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E)
American Public Health Association
Washington, D.C., December 11, 2008 – “At a time when national interest in reforming the health system has never been higher, the American Public Health Association (APHA) applauds President-elect Obama for prioritizing health reform and selecting former Sen. Tom Daschle to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
Daschle will also oversee the new White House Office on Health Reform. He will be joined by Jeanne Lambrew, who will serve as the office’s deputy director.
Throughout his career Daschle has demonstrated a commitment to protecting the health of Americans and his selection further establishes the dedication of the new administration to addressing the critical health issues facing the nation. APHA commends the emphasis on prevention and community-based approaches as central to a new health system that Daschle has expressed as leader of Obama's transition health policy team.
APHA looks forward to working with Daschle and his team in the months ahead as our nation seeks new ways to prevent and mitigate disease, ensure that all Americans have access to preventative care and to the timely, affordable health services they need to stay healthy, and that they are supported in their efforts to adopt healthy behaviors.”
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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.