U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’03, MD ’03 Shares His Prescription for the Nation’s Health

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’03, MD ’03 shared his agenda for his role as the “nation’s doctor” when he spoke with an audience at the Yale School of Management on September 16.

Confirmed to the post of surgeon general of the United States in December 2014, Murthy spoke as part of Yale SOM’s Leaders Forum lecture series, which brings distinguished leaders from across all sectors to campus. Ann Kurth YSN ’90, who will begin her tenure as dean of the Yale School of Nursing in January 2016, moderated the conversation.

Dr. Ann Kurth YSN '90 interviews U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’03, MD ’03

The talk was shared via live video with students at member schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

As surgeon general, Murthy said, he has four major goals: to address obesity- and tobacco-linked diseases on a community level; to improve vaccination rates; to make health prevention and promotion programs a mainstay of communities; and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

“An important centerpiece of what I want to do as surgeon general is to help build a culture of prevention in America,” Murthy said. “And when I think about building a culture of prevention, I think of three [aspects]: One is creating a culture of physical activity, of physical living; two is ensuring people have access to nutritious food; and the third is ensuring that people have access to emotional wellbeing… Emotional wellbeing is the fuel that allows us to do so much of what we do in life. Building a culture of prevention means strengthening our ability to deliver on these three areas of active living, nutrition, and emotional wellbeing.”

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