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Dr. Georges C. Benjamin
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Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role developing Maryland's bioterrorism plan. Benjamin became secretary of the Maryland health department in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the state’s Medicaid program.

Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Md., is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians; he is also a Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

An established administrator, author and orator, Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Wash., where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center. A few years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to Acting Commissioner for Public Health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as interim director of the Emergency Ambulatory Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Prior to joining APHA, he was the chief executive of the state of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a cabinet level agency.

At APHA, Benjamin also serves as the publisher of the nonprofit's monthly publication, The Nation's Health, the association's official newspaper, and The American Journal of Public Health, the professions premier scientific publication. He is the author of over 90 scientific articles and book chapters.

Benjamin also serves on the boards of Research America, Partnership for Prevention and the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

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Health Experts Issue New Prescription: To Stay Healthy Fight Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Co-authored by Dr. Georges Benjamin

If you have ever checked on an elderly relative during a prolonged heat wave or nursed an asthmatic child on a bad air day, then you know severe weather can take a toll on our health. Many of us try to prepare for warmer temperatures...

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National Public Health Week: Start With Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:29 PM

Receiving access to quality, affordable health care is very important when you get sick -- but the other key to being healthy is what happens before your trip to the doctor's office.

Beginning today and running through April 13, communities across our country will celebrate National Public Health...

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ACA's Fourth Birthday: A Good Reason to Celebrate

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:38 PM

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" is now four years old and March 31 brings to a close the first major enrollment period of our nation's health reform law. And there is good reason to celebrate.

Numerous provisions such as the insurance reforms, rollout of community-based preventive health services...

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Dr. Vivek Murthy Should Be Our Next Surgeon General

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 9:27 AM

As our senators begin to consider the candidacy of Dr. Vivek Murthy to become our nation's 19th surgeon general, they should consider the important role played by our nation's "top doc." The position carries three important duties: to lead the 6,500 men and women of the U.S. Public...

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Health Insurance Marketplace Lets Americans Choose Low-cost, Life-saving Health Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:25 AM

Today is a momentous day in U.S. history, and a defining moment in our nation's health transformation. The Health Insurance Marketplace has officially opened for business, allowing Americans and small businesses in every state to obtain personalized health coverage to fit their individual, family or employees' needs.

This...

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Let's Make Youth a Part of Youth Violence Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 4:10 PM

The teenager shot this March on Chicago's West Side wasn't given a voice. Neither were several others affected weeks later by gang-related violence. As experts gather this week at the University of Illinois at Chicago to address the ongoing problem of youth violence and bullying, it's...

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Record Number of Uninsured: Another Reason Why Full Implementation of Health Reform is Urgently Needed

(17) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 4:22 PM

New census data out today show that more Americans are burdened by a broken health care system and beleaguered economy than ever before. According to the report, 50.7 million Americans were living without health insurance last year -- a dramatic increase from the 46.3 million uninsured estimated in...

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En Route to a Healthier America

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 3:14 PM

It's no mystery that our nation's health is in poor shape, despite spending more money on treatment than any other country. Yet, there is hope for real progress in fixing it. The comprehensive health reform legislation that was just signed into law presents us with a historic opportunity to rethink...

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