John R. Seffrin, PhD, Named to National Prevention Advisory Group

John R. Seffrin, PhD

The White House has announced that it intends to appoint John R. Seffrin, PhD, CEO of the American Cancer Society and its nonprofit, nonpolitical advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), to the new Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. The group will advise the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council – a group tasked with integrating the prevention efforts of numerous federal government agencies and coordinating prevention and wellness services nationwide. 

The council, which was created by the Affordable Care Act to elevate the role of prevention in health care in America, is composed of six federal department secretaries and other government officials. The Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health is empowered by the new law to advise the council on chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and the creation of a first-ever national prevention strategy.

Elevating prevention is one of ACS CAN’s key priorities in ensuring that provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact people with cancer and their families are properly implemented.

“No matter where you stood in the health care reform debate, almost everyone agreed that prevention must be the centerpiece moving forward,” Seffrin said.