Professor Susan M. Swider Meets with U.S. Surgeon General

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In her role as a presidential appointee to the federal Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, Rush College of Nursing professor, Susan M. Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, is planning and participating in the first regional meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, to begin work to implement the National Prevention Strategy at the regional level.

Swider and fellow advisory group members will join the Surgeon General at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on Thursday, December 8 to collaborate and discuss the national prevention strategy. This strategy, with input from the Advisory Group, was designed as a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life, and recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts. Good health also comes from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthful foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.

Swider explained, “Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Everyone—businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.”

Swider is the specialty coordinator of the Rush University College of Nursing’s advanced public health nursing program. Over the past 20 years, her research has focused on program development and evaluation of community health workers, and on engaging urban communities in health promotion.