APHA celebrates life of Quentin Young

Date: Mar 08 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Fouse at 202-777-2501

APHA celebrates life and legacy of Dr. Quentin Young

Statement by APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2016 — Following is a statement on the passing of Quentin Young, MD, former president of the American Public Health Association, issued by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“Today we honor the legacy of Quentin Young, MD, a past president of the American Public Health Association and a champion for human rights. During his remarkable career as a physician and health leader, Dr. Young was not only a competent medical practitioner providing care to our nation's most vulnerable, but his medical advice was also sought by some of our nation's most prominent civil rights and civic leaders. From his tenure as chief of medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago to his founding and leadership of a variety of local and national organizations, Dr. Young was an ardent advocate for ensuring health as a fundamental human right. Dr. Young’s term as APHA president in 1998 was marked by his drive to engage the public in a better understanding of public health and his quest for universal health care coverage.

“On behalf of APHA, we celebrate Dr. Young’s life and remarkable contributions to humanity. His life's work was transformative, meaningful and contributed to a healthier world for us all.”

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