Pima County Public Health Director tapped for U.S. task forceby Pima County News on Feb. 22, 2013, under Health, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Dr. García’s clinical expertise was cited as one of the reasons he was asked to sit on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which is an independent panel composed largely of primary care providers with expertise in prevention, evidence-based medicine and primary care. The panel conducts scientific evidence reviews of clinical preventive services, such as screening, medications and counseling, and develops recommendations for clinicians and health providers.
Dr. García, who specializes in cervical cancer prevention and practices at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He assumed the role of Public Health Director for Pima County at the beginning of January.
Dr. Virginia Moyer, the chairwoman of the task force, welcomed Dr. García to the position. “Dr. García’s background in obstetrics and gynecology has included work to improve women’s health and prevent health disparities, helping him bridge the divides between the academic study of health, public health efforts, and community-based medicine. I look forward to working with him to fulfill the Task Force’s mission of improving clinical preventive care for all Americans.”
This is not the first time Dr. García has had a role in shaping health policy at a national level, having served on anInstituteofMedicinepanel advising the Obama administration about coverage for women’s health services.
“This nation faces a number of health challenges, but also has within its grasp a number of opportunities,” Dr. García said. “Among them is the ability to highlight the importance of prevention in primary healthcare. Prevention plays a central role in shaping better outcomes for patients, whether allowing for early detection or supporting lifestyle changes that can modify future health risks. I am humbled by this opportunity, but I look forward to what promises to be a worthwhile experience.”
Dr. García’s term will run through December 2016. For more information about the panel, please visit http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org