Navigation Links
U.S. African Chamber Of Commerce Congratulates U.S. on New Surgeon General, May Improve Health Care for Middle Income Families

U.S. African Chamber Of Commerce congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin as President Obama's pick for surgeon general.

Washington, DC (Vocus) June 14, 2009 --   U.S. African Chamber Of Commerce congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin as President Obama's pick for surgeon general. The Alabama family physician has been an advocate for universal care, and is expected to have a role "at the table" in health reform, which would be an unusual degree of influence over policy for a surgeon general. Obama said Benjamin "represents what's best about health care in America."

CBS/Associated Press reports: "Having lost most of her family members to preventable diseases, such as HIV, diabetes, and lung cancer, Benjamin said she feels a personal connection to public health issues." Benjamin "is most famous for the role she played in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when she was determined to rebuild her rural health clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., despite hurricane and fire destruction." She received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" last September for her clinic, which serves 4,400 patients. CBS also notes: "Benjamin became President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2002, becoming the first black woman to head a state medical society and received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, and previously served as Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine."

CBS quotes Benjamin on her vision: "'My hope, if confirmed as surgeon general, is to be America's doctor, America's family physician. ... As we work toward a solution to this health care crisis, I promise to communicate directly with the American people to help guide them through whatever changes may come with health care reform.'" (7/13).

Bloomberg reports on Benjamin's commitment to providing care to the underserved and will likely focus on issues such as doctor shortages, inefficient care, preventative care and better access to care in low-income and rural areas. Bloomberg notes: "Obama, at a White House ceremony yesterday, restated his support for winning passage this year of legislation to cover the estimated 46 million uninsured in the U.S. and rein in medical costs. Benjamin, whose nomination needs Senate approval, will be a crucial voice in the debate, he said." James Rohack, president of the Chicago-based American Medical Association, said that "in an administration dedicated to revamping health-care, Benjamin will be one of the few physicians in a high-profile position within the Obama administration" (Nussbaum, 7/14).

NPR: "If she is confirmed, Benjamin would direct the operations of the 6,000-member U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a team of health professionals that promotes public health and disease prevention programs. She also would serve as the country's top educator on health matters ranging from childhood obesity to eliminating health disparities. The office is under the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseen by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius" (Tedford. 7/13).

The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds survival rates from gastrointestinal tumors improving among African-Americans
2. Why African-Americans are at greater risk of hypertension and kidney disease
3. Arizona researchers to sequence West African rice strain
4. What is different in reflux esophagitis between African-Americans and non-Hispanic whites?
5. Accordia Global Health Foundation Calls for Greater Investment to Build African Healthcare Leadership
6. The Pressure Is on for African Americans with Hypertension
7. Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda Dedicated 15 Years After Genocide to Provide Healing Community to African Orphans
8. African-American women with advanced breast cancer often forego vital treatment
9. Global Health Advocates Call for Pan-African Voices to Speak Up
10. New Research Finds Recession Has Greater Impact on Health of Parents than Children With Specific Findings on African Americans
11. Not All Gloomy for African Healthcare Markets: Frost & Sullivan Finds Potential Despite the Recession
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
U.S. African Chamber Of Commerce Congratulates U.S. on New Surgeon General, May Improve Health Care for Middle Income Families
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... of philanthropic seniors, is resulting in a way for homeless people to have ... Schaumburg have launched a new initiative whereby they are repurposing plastic bags into ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Many people know of the common symptoms of low thyroid ... skin. But many people who find their cholesterol levels and weight are creeping up ... especially if they don’t have any of the other symptoms. , Thyroid hormone plays ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), as well as raising public awareness of the disorder ... need it—presented a third donation of $35,000 to bolster progress at the Tuberous ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Since its launch in 2012, the Regenestem brand ( ... to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the U.S. Patent and Trademark ... Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in order to make licensing ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and parents have something to ... of the Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty is proud to support ... tide of distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer of young drivers. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , November 25, 2015 - Will ... Medical Education (CME) --> - Will ... Continuing Medical Education (CME) --> ... Continuing Medical Education (CME) ... products and services, will feature latest diagnostic imaging textbooks and decision ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Market - Global Forecast to 2020" report to ... accounting for 37.21% of the total market share in ... region is projected to growth at the highest ... attributed primarily to the fast growing water, industrial gas ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... --> --> ... für das Patent über eine neue Hepatitis-B-Behandlung, welches sie ... an Enyo Pharma vergeben haben. Im Rahmen ... und von Edelris gemeinsam mit seinen Partnern Inserm und ... HBV identifiziert, und es wurden neue Inhaltsstoffe entdeckt, die ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: