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The Foundation for the Public's Health Appoints Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, to its Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foundation for the Public's Health President and CEO Paul Yeghiayan and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH today announced the appointment of Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP to the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP serves as the Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting firm that promotes optimal health outcomes through an innovative and multi-field integrated approach.

Over his distinguished career that has spanned more than 35 years as a health professional, Dr. Tuckson has served as the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia; the President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Foundation; the Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association; and the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group.

Dr. Tuckson's other appointments include serving on boards for the Institute of Medicine; American Telemedicine Association; Cell Therapeutics, Inc; LifePoint Health; Inform Genomics, Inc; Acasti Pharma; Alliance for Health Reform; and Society for Medical Administrators. Tuckson is also a member of the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health at the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Tuckson has been recognized among the 50 most influential physician executives and top 25 minority executives in healthcare. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and an MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and is also a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs.

"Dr. Tuckson will bring his vast wealth of experience and breadth of knowledge to The Foundation's Board of Trustees," said Hasbrouck, Executive Director of NACCHO and former director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. "His leadership in the health community will add great value to The Foundation's vision of establishing a culture in which public health and philanthropy work together to advance the well-being of our entire nation."

"With each passing day, it becomes clearer that the burden of preventable chronic illness represents one of the major challenges confronting our nation's health, productivity, and financial security. If ever there was a time to support our local public health capabilities, that time is now. I consider it a privilege to work in support of our too often underappreciated public health professionals and facilitate the integration of their efforts with community infrastructures and clinical care delivery systems," Dr. Tuckson said regarding his appointment.

About The Foundation for the Public's Health

The Foundation for the Public's Health champions public health philanthropy, helping to support 2,800 local and tribal health departments to secure the health and safety of more than 220 million Americans. For more information about The Foundation, visit www.tfph.org.

CONTACT: Kate Reutersward Phone: 202-339-9598 Email: kate@prcollaborative.com

Source:The Foundation for the Public'sHealth