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President Appoints Five APHA Members to Serve on Public Health Advisory Group

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director of the American Public Health Association
Washington, D.C., January 28, 2011 – “ On behalf of the American Public Health Association, I am delighted that five longtime APHA members received key presidential appointments to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, which was announced yesterday.

“I am pleased the following APHA members are among the list of 13 appointees:

  • Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and county health officer;
  • Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health;
  • Linda Rosenstock, dean of the school of public health and a professor of medicine and environmental health sciences at University of California in Los Angeles;
  • John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society; and
  • Susan Swider, professor at Rush University Medical Center.”

“These lifelong public health advocates are committed to finding permanent solutions to eliminate the burden of the most urgent public health challenges facing the country today. Under their strategic leadership, I am confident we are ushering in a new era for public health in this country. We congratulate them for these prestigious appointments and look forward to working with the entire group in the future.

“Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the newly created National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council is led by the U.S. surgeon general to coordinate a myriad of government agencies and identify more effective prevention priorities and create national disease strategy initiatives.”

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