NCL praises outgoing Surgeon General Benjamin – National Consumers League

June 14, 2013

Contact: NCL Communications, Ben Klein (202) 835-3323,

Washington, DC– The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneer consumer advocacy organization, today is expressing its gratitude for the service of Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, who announced her forthcoming resignation from the position of United States Surgeon General.

“As ‘America’s Doctor,’ Dr. Benjamin was both a caring clinician and an outstanding leader on patient-centered initiatives, such as her push to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for a family’s health,” said Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League, which honored Benjamin with its highest honor, the Trumpeter Award, in 2010.

As the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, Benjamin has been charged with the task of providing the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health. She oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health of the American people. In 1995, Benjamin was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.

“The National Consumers League is grateful for its opportunities to work alongside Dr. Benjamin on initiatives such as our Script Your Future program, for which she was a longtime and steadfast supporter,” said NCL’s Rebecca Burkholder, Vice President for Health Policy. Benjamin will speak at a meeting of the Script Your Future Committed Partners in Washington, DC on July 10.


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