Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer keynote speaker for Black Family Life Health Disparities Conference

Posted by ncarter | 01/18/2011 09:13 AM

(Augusta, GA)-  Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services will serve as keynote speaker for the Black Family Life Health Disparities Conference.  The conference will take place January 20-22, 2011 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The pre-conference reception will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in the Candler Memorial Library Building at Paine College. Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia will serve as speaker for the pre-conference reception.  The event is by invitation only.

RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, PT, MSW, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, directs the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is the Acting Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS).  RADM Slade-Sawyer is a Commissioned Corps Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, RADM Slade-Sawyer is responsible for strengthening the disease prevention and health promotion priorities of the Department within the collaborative framework of the HHS agencies.  She is a senior health advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and to the Secretary of HHS.

RADM Slade-Sawyer leads the ODPHP in coordinating three key initiatives for HHS: Healthy People 2010, the Department’s comprehensive set of national disease prevention and health promotion objectives developed to improve the health of all people in the United States; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published jointly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture every 5 years since 1980, this publication is the statutorily mandated basis for Federal nutrition education activities, and currently in a revision year; and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by HHS, designed to provide information and guidance on the types and amounts of physical activity that provide substantial health benefits for Americans aged 6 years and older. Together, these efforts focus both on preventing disease by addressing major risk factors (such as physical inactivity and poor nutrition) and on reducing the burden of disease through appropriate health screenings and prevention of secondary conditions. In leading these priorities for the Department, RADM Slade-Sawyer, through the HHS agencies and within OPHS, builds on HHS policy and programs based on the best available evidence on how to prevent or mitigate chronic disease through promotion of healthy lifestyle choices, medical screenings, and avoidance of risky behaviors.

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