For Immediate Release
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:
Fielding, director of the Los
Angeles County Department of Public Health and county health officer;
Levi, executive director of
Trust for America's
Rosenstock, dean of the school
of public health and a professor of medicine and environmental health sciences
at University of California in Los Angeles;
Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer
Swider, professor at Rush University Medical
“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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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest 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.