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National Health Experts Launch Bipartisan Coalition to Fight Chronic Disease
Date:4/14/2009

Seven Chronic Diseases Affect More Than 3.2 Million Marylanders

BALTIMORE, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th U.S. Surgeon General (2002-2006), President of the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute, and National Chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan, newly elected Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), today joined state and local leaders from Maryland to launch a partnership calling for comprehensive health reform to address the growing crisis of chronic disease in Maryland and nationwide.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition committed to making chronic disease prevention and management a major part of comprehensive health reform. PFCD is led nationally by Dr. Carmona, as national chairperson, and Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and former White House health policy advisor, as executive director.

The Maryland chapter of PFCD has 38 state partners and a distinguished panel of co-chairs including: Former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers' Chief Executive Officer, Miguel McInnis, M.P.H.; Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO President, Fred Mason; and The COSHAR Foundation's Executive Director, Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, M.D. PFCD's broad coalition of national and state partners believe it is impossible to contain rising health care costs -- and tackle other issues of coverage and quality -- without addressing chronic disease.

"I humbly commend President Obama and our Congressional leaders for addressing chronic disease as part of meaningful health reform. As U.S. Surgeon General, I worked to reduce the burden of chron
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