December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) issued the following statement following the Senate’s vote 51 – 43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States.

“Dr. Murthy brings the deep experience and commitment to improving our nation’s health that we need as a Surgeon General,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO. “He has committed two decades to putting the health of those who are most vulnerable in our communities first, and we have no doubt he will do the same as Surgeon General. Dr. Murthy has already committed to tackling tobacco-related deaths and disease, obesity and improving access to mental health care – all issues deeply impacting Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.”

APIAHF strongly supported Dr. Murthy’s nomination and looks forward to working with him as Surgeon General. APIAHF thanks the many Senate champions who spearheaded his confirmation, including Sen. Mazie Hirono. Sen. Hirono has been a champion for health access for the underserved and a key ally in making sure our nation’s highest offices reflect the diversity of our nation, ensuring that the needs of AAs and NHPIs are at the forefront.