Rep. Gene Green Honored with Congressional Public Health Leadership Award
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Representative Gene Green (D-TX) was presented the Congressional Public Health Leadership Award for 2015 by the Commissioned Officers Association of the United States Public Health Service (COA). Green was recognized for his leadership on public health policy and for founding the Congressional Public Health Caucus in April 2015, along with co-chair Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA). The two are the first U.S. House Representatives to receive the award.
“Public health is fundamental to a 21st Century health care system and provides huge social and economic benefits,” Green said. “Investing in public health has led to increased life expectancies, reductions in infectious and communicable diseases, swift response to emergencies, and improved health outcomes for our communities. I was happy to join Rep. Wittman to launch and lead the new bipartisan Congressional Public Health Caucus to elevate the conversation on the importance of a robust public health system.”
COA is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 to represent the uniformed officers of the United States Public Health Service. Through its associated PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, it also works on behalf of public health issues such as tobacco use, obesity, and exercise as a health benefit.