WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2011 – The White House has announced its intention to appoint John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), to the advisory group to the newly created National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council.
The council, which was created by the Affordable Care Act, is working to integrate the prevention efforts of numerous federal government agencies and coordinate prevention and wellness services nationwide. It was formed in June 2010 and is composed of six federal department secretaries and other government officials. The new Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health is empowered by the new law to advise the council on chronic disease prevention, health promotion and the creation of a first-ever national prevention strategy.
“Dr. John Seffrin brings critical insight as a leader who has dedicated his career to the prevention and early detection of cancer in the United States and around the world,” said Edward E. Partridge, M.D., national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. “As the chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN, John Seffrin has championed the focusing of our nation on defeating cancer by broadly promoting proven prevention measures and calling for access to evidence-based early detection for all Americans.”
ACS CAN, the leading voice of patients in the health care debate, is working to ensure the Affordable Care Act is implemented as strongly as possible for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. For more information, visit www.acscan.org/healthcare.