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ATS and Other Health Organizations Support Dr. Vivek Murthy's Nomination As US Surgeon General
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Dear Senator:

 

As national, state and local 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.

 

The surgeon general serves as the nation’s doctor, and provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The surgeon general also leads the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, directing resources to America’s most critical health problems, and serves as the chair of the National Prevention Council. 

 

Past surgeons general have focused on critical public health issues such as tobacco use and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, successfully using the bully pulpit to educate Americans about these health risks. For example, during his tenure, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released groundbreaking reports on the addictiveness of tobacco and the health consequences of smoking, which helped lead to a significant decline in smoking rates in the United States, from 38 percent down to 27 percent.

 

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.

 

Dr. Murthy would also focus on reducing tobacco-related disease, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, and improving vaccination rates. He plans to work through the office of the surgeon general to make prevention and health promotion the backbone of our communities. These are all essential activities if we want to improve health outcomes.

 

The confirmation of the surgeon general should be made based on protecting and improving public health, not politics. Dr. Murthy's nomination has received broad support from the medical and public health communities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and more than 50 other organizations. 

 

Dr. Murthy will bring strong leadership to the office of the surgeon general and a powerful vision for improving the health of Americans. The public health community looks forward to working with him to build a healthier America, with prevention as the driving force in our health care system. We strongly urge you to support his confirmation.

 

Thank you for your consideration. 

 

Sincerely,

 

AIDS Action Coalition (AL)
AIDS Project Los Angeles
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
AIDS United
Alaska Public Health Association
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
American College of Physicians
American College of Sports Medicine
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Council on Exercise
American Diabetes Association
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Heart Association
American Medical Student Association
American Podiatric Medical Association
American Public Health Association
American Sexual Health Association
American Trauma Society
Amida Care, Inc.
APLA Health & Wellness (CA)
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Association of Public Health Laboratories
BOOM!Health (NY)
Boston Public Health Commission (MA)
Boston University School of Medicine (MA)
Bronx Health REACH (NY)
Buncombe County Health and Human Services (NC)
California Public Health Association-North
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Cascade AIDS Project
Center for Active Design
Center for Science in the Public Interest
ChangeLab Solutions
Claudia Smith Public Health Nursing Consultation
Columbia CARES (TN)
Community Action Partnership
Connecticut Public Health Association
Cuyahoga County Board of Health (OH)
Delaware HIV Consortium
Delaware Public Health Association and Delaware Academy of Medicine
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Families USA
Futures Without Violence
Georgia Public Health Association

Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse 
Association
Hawai'i Public Health Association
Health Resources in Action, Inc. (MA)
Healthy Kinder, Inc
Iowa Public Health Association
Healthy Teen Network
Illinois Public Health Association
Indiana Public Health Association
IV CHARIS (OH)
Jefferson County Health Department (MO)
Legacy Community Health Services (TX)
Lifelong
Louisiana Public Health Association, Inc.
Maine Public Health Association
Minnesota Public Health Association
Missouri Public Health Association
Montana Public Health Association
Nashville CARES 
National AHEC Organization
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition
National Black Nurses Association
National Center for Healthy Housing
National Coalition of STD Directors
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Parks Conservation Association
National Recreation and Park Association
National WIC Association
Nevada Public Health Association
New Hampshire Public Health Association
New Jersey Public Health Association
New Mexico Public Health Association
New York State Public Health Association
North Dakota Public Health Association 
NYU College of Nursing
Ohio AIDS Coalition
Ohio Public Health Association
Oregon Public Health Association
Partnership for Prevention

Prevention Institute
Public Health Association of Nebraska
Public Health Institute
School-Based Health Alliance
Society of General Internal Medicine
South Dakota Public Health Association
Southern California Public Health Association
Spokane Regional Health District (WA)
Texas Public Health Association
The AIDS Institute
Trust for America’s Health
UMMA Community Clinic (CA)
United States Breastfeeding Committee
University of Hartford (CT)
University of Utah College of Nursing
Utah Public Health Association
Vermont Public Health Association
Washington State Public Health Association

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