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U.S. surgeon general to speak Sept. 11

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will present a free public lecture titled "Reflections: The Surgeon General Reports on Surgeon Generals Reports" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

A physician, scholar and lifelong public health advocate, Satcher was sworn in as the 16th surgeon general in February 1998. Until this past January, he served simultaneously as surgeon general and as assistant secretary for health.

Over the years, the surgeon general's office has issued a number of reports intended to focus the nation's attention on important public health issues. "Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity," a strongly-worded report released Aug. 26, found that, compared to whites, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States have less access to mental health services, are less likely to receive needed mental health services, often receive a poorer quality of mental health care and are underrepresented in mental health research. Other reports have covered topics ranging from the adverse health consequences of smoking to youth violence and suicide prevention to HIV/AIDS.

Before becoming surgeon general, Satcher was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1993 to 1998 and president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., from 1982 to 1993.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Center for Health and Wellbeing and Office of External Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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