WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, September 10th, the White House will honor eight local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for prevention and public health. These champions are inspiring healthy change at the heart of their communities by encouraging preventive screenings, reducing health disparities, promoting physical activity and healthy eating and fighting healthcare acquired infections.
President Obama and his Administration have made prevention and public health a top priority, because they have lasting effects on the health of Americans. That is why the Affordable Care Act provides unprecedented resources through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to support community-based strategies to prevent chronic diseases, and to improve public health. The Affordable Care Act also created the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which provides federal leadership to engage states, communities, and private partners in creating a healthier America through the recommendations of the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy – a blueprint for improving America’s health. The Prevention and Public Health Fund is supporting projects to put the National Prevention Strategy into action, helping our health care system shift from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.
During the Champions of Change event, White House officials will recognize the Champions’ hard work and lead a discussion about how to advance and expand a shared vision of wellness and prevention in our communities.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:00 am ET on September 10th. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Myriam Escobar, Community Outreach Worker at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Myriam Escobar is a Community Outreach Worker at Moffitt Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. Ms. Escobar delivers a program in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, called Yo me cuido ® (I take care of myself). The program teaches and motivates Hispanic women to take care of themselves through early detection and by living a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast cancer prevention. To date, Yo me cuido ® has reached over 2,000 women. The program visits women in their churches, work sites, neighborhoods, support groups, apartment complexes, beauty salons, schools, and libraries. One marker of its success is that of the women Ms. Escobar works with who are age 40 and older, 48% have had the appropriate mammography screening.