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Citadel News Service
9 Apr 2015

Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin at The Citadel

Dr. Regina Benjamin (18th U.S. Surgeon General, 2009-2013) to speak at The Citadel reginabenjamin
Wednesday, April 15
6:30 p.m., Mark Clark Hall , Buyer Auditorium
Open to the public; no admission fee
Open to media

Regina Benjamin MD, MBA (18th U.S. Surgeon General) will address cadets, students, faculty, staff and community neighbors with a presentation entitled “The Importance of Prevention."

Her presentation will focus on the benefits of prevention as related to numerous topics impacting children including child sexual abuse, obesity, adolescent mental health and the critical role of teachers and schools in creating a safe environment for child development. Her presentation will also touch on the health disparities in American communities and current health challenges facing the nation today.

Benjamin is the Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, Inc. and the Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She served as the 18th U.S. Surgeon General from 2009-2013. Benjamin specializes in prevention policies and health promotion among individuals as well as large populations, especially concerning obesity, childhood obesity, and children’s health. She has special interest in rural health care, health disparities among socio-economic groups, suicide, violence, and mental health. In 1995, she was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.

Benjamin will be in the Lowcountry attending Darkness to Light events during the week of her presentation at The Citadel. Her biography can be found here.

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