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APHA Welcomes Confirmation of Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E)

 Executive Director

American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2009 – “The American Public Health Association (APHA) welcomes confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin as the nation’s new surgeon general.


“With a wealth of experiences as a family physician and clinic director, as well as a stated commitment to fighting the preventable diseases that claim too many lives each year, Dr. Benjamin brings a unique perspective to the position. As surgeon general, the nation's leading spokesperson on public health, we are confident that Dr. Benjamin will prove an effective advocate as we continue to work to become a healthier nation.


“APHA looks forward to working with Dr. Benjamin in the coming months as we strive to raise awareness that public health and prevention provide the essential foundation for a healthier America.”

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