US Surgeon General

Dr. Neal Palafox, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum and Jane Daye.
March 9, 2011- Photo taken at the REACH U.S. Technical Assistance Workshop in Atlanta, GA. As keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin, a Family Physician, spoke about transdisciplinary approaches to improving health for all Americans, but especially for those suffering disproportionately as compared to majority populations.  She also encouraged REACH grantees and their communities to continue advocating for changes throughout the system that affects health in the United States.  Strategies to shift the focus of the U.S. health system toward prevention include advocating for meaningful curricular change in health professions schools, graduate medical education, medical associations and in various medical specialty Boards.
Pacific CEED is one of 18 CDC REACH U.S. Centers of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities with a focus on improving breast and cervical cancer and chronic disease control in U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Island populations living in their home countries, Hawaii and the US Mainland.  The Pacific CEED team is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Neal Palafox who is also the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at JABSOM, UH, as well as Co-PI Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, also the Family Medicine Residency Program Director and by Program Manager, Jane Daye.
REACH US is one of CDC's flagship programs focusing on eliminating health disparities by using community-based, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S.