Could you explain your job? I've never really been clear on what the Surgeon General does.
You’ve probably seen Surgeon General’s warnings on items like cigarette packs and alcohol. No, I don’t stamp these boxes, but I do work to provide people throughout the nation with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. Over the last year, my work has focused on addressing the prescription painkiller epidemic, informing doctors and the general public about health threats like Zika, accelerating progress on reducing tobacco use, and encouraging Americans to #StepItUp with regular physical activity to lower their risk of heart disease and diabetes – to name a few.
I also serve as the Chair of the National Prevention Council and oversee the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS), an elite group of more than 6,700 uniformed officer public health professionals working throughout the federal government whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our nation. #AnswerTime