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Black Women's Roundtable Congratulates Past Honoree, Dr. Regina Benjamin on Nomination as Surgeon General

Ruthie Hopkins
The Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley News
Jul 15, 2009

Washington, DC - The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) is proud and elated to hear President Obama's announcement today that their 2009 honoree, Dr. Regina Benjamin, has been selected as the next U. S. Surgeon General. Benjamin, an Alabama family physician and Morehouse School of Medicine graduate, was honored by Black Women's Roundtable during their "Celebration of Our Sisters of the Gulf Coast Wellness Journey," for her unyielding determination to provide a rural health clinic for low-income residents of Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The clinic was destroyed when the GulfCoast town was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. It was rebuilt and burned down the day before re-opening.

"Healthcare is one of our highest priorities. Dr. Benjamin clearly has the educational and professional credentials to serve as America's chief health educato; and her personal testament speaks volumes," said Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of NCBCP and convener BWR. "In addition to demonstrating a commitment to providing healthcare to the poor by enduring fires and hurricanes to stay in her rural health clinic, Dr. Benjamin has family that died from preventable diseases like lung cancer, high blood pressure, and HIV related diseases.

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