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For Immediate Release: November 12, 2014

More Than 100 National Organizations Demonstrate Strong Support for Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next Surgeon General

Washington, DC, November 12, 2014 –Today, more than 100 national organizations – including the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) – sent a letter to members of the Senate urging them to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general.

“I have seen Dr. Murthy’s highly skilled work firsthand—he is an inspirational leader who can bring the medical and public health communities together to create a culture of health in America,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH and chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. “The avalanche of support from the public health community for Dr. Murthy’s nomination demonstrates the importance of confirming him.”

The letter, in part, reads: “As state and national public health organizations dedicated to protecting and improving the health of all Americans, we write to voice our strong support for Dr. Vivek Murthy’s nomination as surgeon general of the United States. Dr. Murthy is a well-qualified, forward thinking and innovative leader with a strong commitment to public health. We are confident that he will play an important and leading role in improving the health of the American public, and we urge you to support his nomination.”

Past surgeons general have successfully brought attention to critical health issues such as the addictiveness of tobacco use and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Dr. Murthy has stated his intention to make the obesity epidemic one of his top priorities.

As noted in the letter: “During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Dr. Murthy stated that educating the public about the obesity epidemic would be one of his top priorities as surgeon general. Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Addressing the obesity epidemic is essential to improve health and reduce the growing rates of chronic disease, which now make up 75 percent of America’s health costs. National leadership from the surgeon general can help to build the cross-sector partnerships in communities which are essential to reversing this epidemic.”

Earlier this year leading public health experts and organizations – including Dr. David Satcher, APHA, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and many others – released individual letters in support of Dr. Vivek Murthy becoming the next surgeon general.

Dr. Satcher, surgeon general under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, wrote, in his letter of support: “Dr. Murthy’s impressive track record of accomplishments as an innovative and well-respected thought leader in health care will prove to be invaluable to the American people." 

Today, TFAH joined the 105 other national organizations in supporting the nomination of Dr. Murthy in signing today’s letter, including:

1.      AIDS Action Coalition (AL)

2.      AIDS Project Los Angeles

3.      AIDS Resource Center Ohio

4.      AIDS United

5.      Alaska Public Health Association

6.      American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

7.      American College of Clinical Pharmacy

8.      American College of Physicians

9.      American College of Sports Medicine

10.  American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

11.  American Council on Exercise

12.  American Diabetes Association

13.  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

14.  American Heart Association

15.  American Medical Student Association

16.  American Podiatric Medical Association

17.  American Public Health Association

18.  American Sexual Health Association

19.  American Trauma Society

20.  Amida Care, Inc.

21.  APLA Health & Wellness (CA)

22.  Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

23.  Association of American Medical Colleges

24.  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

25.  Association of Public Health Laboratories

26.  BOOM!Health

27.  Boston Public Health Commission (MA)

28.  Boston University School of Medicine (MA)

29.  Bronx Health REACH (NY)

30.  Buncombe County Health and Human Services (NC)

31.  California Public Health Association-North

32.  Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

33.  Cascade AIDS Project

34.  Center for Active Design

35.  Center for Science in the Public Interest

36.  ChangeLab Solutions

37.  Claudia Smith Public Health Nursing Consultation

38.  Columbia CARES (TN)

39.  Community Action Partnership

40.  Connecticut Public Health Association

41.  Cuyahoga County Board of Health (OH)

42.  Delaware HIV Consortium

43.  Delaware Public Health Association and Delaware Academy of Medicine

44.  Directors of Health Promotion and Education

45.  Families USA

46.  Futures Without Violence

47.  Georgia Public Health Association

48.  Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association

49.  Hawai'i Public Health Association

50.  Health Resources in Action, Inc. (MA)

51.  Healthy Kinder, Inc.

52.  Iowa Public Health Association

53.  Illinois Public Health Association

54.  Indiana Public Health Association

55.  IV CHARIS (OH)

56.  Jefferson County Health Department (MO)

57.  Legacy Community Health Services (TX)

58.  Lifelong

59.  Louisiana Public Health Association, Inc.

60.  Maine Public Health Association

61.  Minnesota Public Health Association

62.  Missouri Public Health Association

63.  Montana Public Health Association

64.  Nashville CARES

65.  National AHEC Organization

66.  National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors

67.  National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)

68.  National Association of County and City Health Officials

69.  National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

70.  National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition

71.  National Black Nurses Association

72.  National Center for Healthy Housing

73.  National Coalition of STD Directors

74.  National Health Care for the Homeless Council

75.  National Hispanic Medical Association

76.  National Recreation and Park Association

77.  National WIC Association

78.  Nevada Public Health Association

79.  New Hampshire Public Health Association

80.  New Jersey Public Health Association

81.  New Mexico Public Health Association

82.  New York State Public Health Association

83.  North Dakota Public Health Association

84.  NYU College of Nursing

85.  Ohio AIDS Coalition

86.  Ohio Public Health Association

87.  Oregon Public Health Association

88.  Partnership for Prevention

89.  Prevention Institute

90.  Public Health Association of Nebraska

91.  Public Health Institute

92.  School-Based Health Alliance

93.  Society of General Internal Medicine

94.  South Dakota Public Health Association

95.  Southern California Public Health Association

96.  Spokane Regional Health District (WA)

97.  Texas Public Health Association

98.  The AIDS Institute

99.  UMMA Community Clinic (CA)

100.   United States Breastfeeding Committee

101.   University of Hartford (CT)

102.   University of Utah College of Nursing

103.   Utah Public Health Association

104.   Vermont Public Health Association

105.   Washington State Public Health Association

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org

 

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