UC Berkeley Honors Public Health Heroes

Dr. David Satcher

Dr. J. Michael McGinnis

Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former CDC director, and Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, a top health official who served under four U.S. presidential administrations, are receiving the 17th annual Public Health Heroes Award this week from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. The awards were presented Thursday, March 14 at a reception and ceremony at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco. Satcher received the award for his leadership in promoting health equity, mental health and sexual health. McGinnis received the Public Health Hero award in recognition of his transformative influence on public health and prevention. The Public Health Heroes honor was established in 1996 by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to recognize innovative leaders for improving human health locally and worldwide Dr. Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1998 to 2002. In these capacities, he led the department’s effort to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. From 1993 to 1998, he served as director of the CDC and administrator of the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He is currently director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he is also holds the Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health. Satcher is the second African American to have held the Surgeon General post. Dr. McGinnis served continuously through the Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations as a key official for disease prevention and health promotion policy. He conceived and shepherded several longstanding national initiatives. He is currently a senior scholar with the Institute of Medicine.
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