APHA member Julius Richmond, former U.S. surgeon general.Former U.S. Surgeon General The U.S. Surgeon General is charged with the protection and advancement of health in the United States. Since the 1960s the surgeon general has become a highly visible federal public health official, speaking out against known health risks such as tobacco use, and promoting disease Julius B. Richmond Vice Admiral Julius B. Richmond (b. September 26 1916) was the Surgeon General of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Early life
Richmond was born in Chicagoand educated during the Great Depression. He earned his B.S. at the University of Illinois at Urbana, an M.S. , MD, MS, a pediatrician and child development specialist, died July 27 of cancer at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 91.
An APHA member, Richmond held a dual role as President Jimmy Carter's assistant secretary for health and U.S. surgeon general from 1977 to 1981. During his tenure, Congress passed the Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract and Centers Act of 1978, which reauthorized a broad range of public health services, including community and migrant health centers, grants for primary care projects and grants support public health programs.
A pioneer in anti-tobacco education, Richmond was an early advocate and activist for protecting children from the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Richmond's 1979 "Healthy People: The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention" established for the first time quantitative public health goals for the nation for the next decade.
Among his legacies, Richmond was a founder of Head Start, a comprehensive early childhood education program that has improved the lives of 25 million children and their families.
"I join colleagues around the nation in mourning the loss of one of the true greats in our field," said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP FACP Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
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