2016 USPHS Symposium Hosted in the Big Friendly
The USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium was held in Oklahoma City on May 16-19. The theme for the conference was "Gimme Five: Building a Better Tomorrow Through Prevention Today." The Symposium built on the First Lady's challenge of incorporating a healthier lifestyle and the Surgeon General's top priorities for better health (tobacco-free living, mental and emotional well-being, healthy eating, active lifestyle, and violence prevention).
Plenary speakers included Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Mike Parkinson of UPMC Health, and Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. Our academic partner was the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
USPHS Symposium Partnered with Remote Area Medical
Before the USPHS Symposium started, some attendees volunteered at a free clinic in Durant, OK. It was a great opportunity for Public Health Service officers to connect with local residents in need of medical and dental care. The event was also a good way for Public Health Service officers to demonstrate their expertise and professionalism.
The mission of Remote Area Medical is to, "prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need." Organizers of the 2016 USPHS Symposium were proud to partner with such a outstanding organization whose philosophy intersects with that of the U.S. Public Health Service.
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The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.