NAACP Thanks Surgeon General Benjamin for Her Service

(WASHINGTON, DC) –The NAACP released the following statement in response to Regina Benjamin’s decisions to step down from her post as the United States Surgeon General

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors:

“Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has been an unwavering advocate for proactive policies that would create a healthy America for all,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “Her leadership and legacy as ‘America’s Doctor’ will serve as a cornerstone of the NAACP’s continued efforts to ensure everyone has equal access to affordable, high-quality health care and to end racially disparate health outcomes.”

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:

“Surgeon General Benjamin has been an unparalleled ally in our work to eliminate racial health disparities,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “She has played a critical role in advancing preventative care measures in communities of color and championing meaningful access to quality, affordable health care.”

From Shavon Arline-Bradley, Sr. Director of Health, NAACP:

“Dr. Benjamin’s work has helped to shift our nations’ mindset about health care from reactive treatment to preventative action,” stated Shavon Arline - Bradley, NAACP Sr. Health Director. “From her National Prevention Strategy to the Every Body Walk! Initiative to her efforts to curb childhood obesity, Surgeon General Benjamin brought attention to our nation’s need to refocus on strategies that encourage wellness for individuals and communities.”

Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of the 2011 Chairman’s Award presented during the 42nd  NAACP Image Awards.  Additionally, she was a keynote speaker at the NAACP’s 102nd Convention in Los Angeles and participated in the launch of the NAACP’s Childhood Obesity Advocacy Manual.

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