Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, recently announced her resignation as the nation’s top doctor after four years in the post.
Dr. Benjamin, the 18th surgeon general, has been an active advocate for public health with a special interest in disease prevention, smoking cessation and healthy lifestyles.
“She has been a remarkable advocate in promoting the value of prevention as a national health priority. She forged the way as leader of the National Prevention Council, created under the Affordable Care Act, to help transform our nation’s health system from one that focuses on treating disease to one that focuses on prevention and staying well,” said Research!America Board member and American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, in a press release.
Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, will serve as acting Surgeon General in July while a permanent replacement is sought.
Join the American Public Health Association for a live Twitter chat at 2pm ET on Wednesday, April 3 as part of the activities for National Public Health Week. Engage with fellow public health advocates on important topics you care about. The hour-long chat will focus on the value of public health and its return on investment in our communities. Follow #NPHWchat on Twitter to participate in the discussion about ways in which evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion initiatives can save lives and money. You can also follow National Public Health Week and Research!America on Twitter.
April 1-7 is National Public Health Week. The theme for NPHW this year highlights the return on investment we all get from public health initiatives. Resources from the American Public Health Association outline a unique focus for each day this week to show how multifaceted public health issues are impacting our lives at home, at school, in the workplace, while we travel and in our communities.
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For every dollar spent on prevention, more than five dollars is saved in health spending. Every $1 spent on childhood vaccines saves $16.50 in future health care costs. To learn more about how public health research benefits our lives every day, please check out the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Infographic and make sure to thank your public health professionals on the Monday of Thanksgiving, Public Health Thank You Day.