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APHA welcomes Senate confirmation of Gina McCarthy and Thomas Perez

Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2013 – “On behalf of the American Public Health Association and our members across the country, I warmly welcome the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I offer my strong support to McCarthy, an accomplished and committed public health advocate who has dedicated her career to developing sound policies that protect all American families from a whole host of environmental health hazards.

“McCarthy’s reputation precedes her. She boasts a solid record of working across the aisle with both Democrats and Republicans in her efforts to develop sensible and evidence-based solutions to leading public health threats. Under McCarthy’s leadership, EPA tightened standards to reduce exposure to fine particle or soot pollution, which contributes to premature death, increased hospitalization and health conditions such as heart attacks, stroke and asthma attacks. The public health community is grateful to have her at the helm.

“McCarthy is joined by Tom Perez, whom the Senate also confirmed today to serve as the new Secretary of Labor. Perez has been a vocal advocate of worker rights and workplace safety, previously serving as the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice where he led efforts against discrimination and harassment in our nation’s schools and housing policies.

“We are confident Gina McCarthy and Thomas Perez will play a vital role in protecting the public’s health and achieving health equity, and we look forward to working with them in the near future.”

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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.