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Eduardo Sanchez to Chair
January 23, 2007
Contact: Richard Sheehe , (202) 375-7815
Former Texas Health Department Chief to Set Commission’s Focus on Health Disparities

Washington – Partnership for Prevention today announced the appointment of Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H, as Chair of Partnership’s National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP). Dr. Sanchez, who served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health from 2001-2004 and Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006, now directs the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sanchez as our new NCPP chair,” said Partnership for Prevention President John M. Clymer. “His background and expertise on the issues will prove valuable as the Commission continues to build the knowledge base and create tools to make prevention an even bigger part of the health picture in this country.”

Dr. Sanchez serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity, and he has chaired the Expert Panel on the Secretary of Health and Human Services Innovation in Prevention Awards. On Partnership for Prevention’s NCPP, Dr. Sanchez replaces outgoing Chair David Satcher, MD, PhD. Dr. Satcher, the former U.S. Surgeon General, is now Director of Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care in Atlanta. The Commission was formed by Partnership in 2003 to guide the development of a landmark study that ranked 25 effective preventive services—based on health impact and economic value—to help physicians, patients, and policymakers set priorities for preventing and minimizing disease. Under Dr. Sanchez’s leadership, the NCPP is now reconvening to further the inquiry into health disparities that arise along racial and ethnic lines in the United States.

“I am honored to join the NCPP as we move forward with the very important work of eliminating the health disparities that affect minority and underserved populations in this country,” said Dr. Sanchez. “The NCPP will reach out to new members and new ideas in our effort to understand how improving use of preventive services can reduce disparities, save lives, and increase the value of our health care investment.”

Funding for the work of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the WellPoint Foundation.

Partnership for Prevention is a nationally-recognized nonprofit membership organization of medical and health professionals, academic institutions, voluntary health associations, businesses, government agencies and other groups dedicated to advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans. Partnership works to build evidence of sound disease prevention and health promotion measures, and to speed their adoption in both the public and private sector through the review of leading edge scientific research and the development of analytical tools for implementation. The organization serves as a platform for education and advocacy to a diverse audience of lawmakers, corporations, health policy leaders, the media and the general public.