March 21, 2012

NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer Speaks on Panel with US Surgeon General

Esteemed group of medical experts discussed the first National Prevention Strategy

Panel discussing National Prevention StrategyUS Surgeon General Regina Benjamin addressed a packed audience of healthcare professionals Wednesday night at Harvard Medical School as she discussed the nation’s first National Prevention Strategy. She was joined by (left to right) Amy Slemmer, executive director for Health Care For All; NICHQ’s CEO, Charles Homer, MD, MPH; Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director for Trust for America’s Health; and Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, senior medical director of Cambridge Health Alliance.

The panel event, organized by Doctors for America and co-sponsored by NICHQ, outlined ways in which prominent organizations are encouraging a broad, collaborative vision of healthcare in parallel with the national strategy.

Charlie Homer and U.S. Surgeon General Regina BenjaminDr. Homer explained how NICHQ’s many prenatal and childhood health programs uniquely support the National Prevention Strategy. Through Collaborate for Healthy Weight, for example, NICHQ works with 50 communities across the country to systematically test –and implement—local changes to improve body weight health. Through Best Fed Beginnings, NICHQ is helping hospitals improve maternity care practices to support breastfeeding. In general, NICHQ acts as an interface between clinical care and communities across the country to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, said Dr. Homer.

The National Prevention Strategy is a groundbreaking initiative designed to refocus the nation’s healthcare away from illness and toward prevention and wellness. Among other goals, the strategy aims to empower and encourage citizens to reduce tobacco, drug and excessive alcohol abuse, and to increase mental and emotional well-being, healthy eating, and active lifestyles.

NICHQ CEO and President Charlie Homer and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin discuss the first National Prevention Strategy.

Co-sponsors of the event also included AAP Massachusetts Chapter, ACP Massachusetts Chapter, Cambridge Health Alliance, Committee of Interns and Residents, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Harvard Center for Primary Care, Health Care for All, Institute for Community Health, Massachusetts Public Health Association and Primary Care Progress.