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Surgeon General To Speak at Harvard On National Prevention Strategy

Marking my calendar, thought you might like to as well. Doctors for America sent over an invitation to hear the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, speak at Harvard Medical School on March 21 about the national prevention strategy (Did you know we had one?) as it nears its first anniversary. All health care professionals are welcome and admission is free but you need to register in advance here.

In her recent speech at TEDMED above, Dr. Benjamin recalls that her immediate family could not attend the White House press conference at which President Obama announced her appointment, because her brother had died of HIV, her mother died of lung cancer a year later, and a few years later her father died of complications of a stroke. “All preventable diseases. And so I hope that other family members don’t have to  suffer through the loss of family members,” she says.

From Doctors For America:

In June 2010, Dr. Benjamin unveiled the nation’s first National Prevention Strategy – a roadmap for increasing the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The NPS recognizes that everyone – health care providers, businesses, educators, government, and communities – have a role to play in transforming our communities into forces for health promotion. Continue reading