October 31, 2009

Center for a Livable Future Statement on The Confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General of the United States

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Washington, D.C. (October 30, 2009) – The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) Director Robert Lawrence, MD, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin:

On Thursday, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General of the United States. CLF applauds the Senate’s unanimous vote confirming Dr. Benjamin as our next Surgeon General. Dr. Benjamin, whom I know from our time together on the board of Physicians for Human Rights, is a compassionate physician with deep experience in primary care, rural health, and public health preparedness.”

“Dr. Benjamin is the founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where she has served patients from all income groups. She also has served as President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said of Dr. Benjamin, “She will be an integral part of our H1N1 response effort, and America can expect to see her very soon communicating important information about how to stay healthy and safe this flu season.”

Lawrence said, “CLF looks forward to Dr. Benjamin’s leadership on the H1N1 outbreak, and on issues of childhood and adult obesity. CLF has been pleased to share its expertise on antibiotic resistance and other issues related to public health and food safety and looks forward to supporting the Surgeon General in these and other public health efforts.”

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) focuses on the interactions among diet, food production, environment, and human health as elements of a single complex system.

Learn more about our latest research, education and community efforts at http://www.jhsph.edu/clf.

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