For Immediate Release
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APHA applauds confirmation of Vivek Murthy as U.S. surgeon general
Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association
Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2014 — “The American Public Health Association expresses gratitude to the members of the U.S. Senate who voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy today as our nation’s 19th surgeon general, which fills a vital leadership position in our nation's health system.
“We have been strong supporters of Dr. Murthy for the nation’s ‘top doc’ position because he is uniquely qualified to carry out its three important duties: to lead the more than 6,500 men and women of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; to chair the National Prevention Council; and to effectively communicate the best science around prevention and health to help improve the health of the American people. Dr. Murthy’s experience demonstrates a commitment to prevention, strong leadership qualities and a bright mind to take the latest science and turn it into better health outcomes.
“For 140 years, the U.S. surgeon general has helped make our nation healthier. The costs of tobacco on our country, both in lives and money, have dropped for 50 years thanks in large part to effective leadership from the bully pulpit. We know that today’s confirmation is a critical step in the right direction that will lead to more positive health outcomes.
“We also extend our deep gratitude to acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, who has very capably led that office for the past 18 months. Dr. Lushniak has continued a legacy of excellence and service to the nation and we thank him.
“With Dr. Murthy’s confirmation, APHA and the public health community pledge our continued support in helping to ensure the health of the American people. We look forward to working with Dr. Murthy to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation.”
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