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Beginning Steps of a New Journey in American Health: ACSM to Work Closely with New Surgeon General

ACSM CEO/EVP Jim Whitehead (left) and new US
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
Newly confirmed 20th Surgeon General of the United States Jerome Adams and ACSM CEO/Executive Vice President Jim Whitehead met in Indianapolis prior to Jerome’s departure for Washington, DC. ACSM built support for his nomination, enlisting a large array of health organizations. ACSM works closely with all U.S. Surgeons General and the Surgeon General’s Office, and looks forward to many important collaborations with Surgeon General Adams in addressing health needs and opportunities of the United States.

Dr. Adams, MD, MPH has been an anesthesiologist and assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He also was serving as Indiana Health Commissioner and addressed a wide range of public health issues, including active and healthy lifestyles, the painkiller and opioid epidemic, and drug use and HIV. As state health commissioner, Jerome was intimately involved with such efforts as the program INShape Indiana, which encourages people to move more, eat better and avoid tobacco. Surgeon General Adams has broad and diverse experience, including working with Congress and the White House, as well as conducting research in medical schools in the Netherlands and Zimbabwe. His philosophy for health is summed up with these quotes, which he has shared with national leaders in Washington: Dr. Adams said at his Senate confirmation hearing that he will make “wellness and community and employer engagement a centerpiece of my agenda.” He also told the Senate that he would "put science ahead of politics.” Lastly, he has also made the business and economic case for prevention in many venues by such comments as “community health and prevention is cheaper than treatment.”

ACSM congratulates Jerome Adams as he assumes office as the 20th Surgeon General and looks forward to working closely with him to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. more

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