Thursday, March 15, 2018

Women's History Month: Antonia Coello Novello

Antonia Coello NovelloM.D., (born August 23, 1944) is a Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as fourteenth Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Novello is the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General.

Novello was appointed Surgeon General by President George H. W. Bush, beginning her tenure on March 9, 1990, and was appointed to the temporary rank of vice admiral in the regular corps while the Surgeon General. She was the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position.
During her tenure as Surgeon General, Novello focused her attention on the health of women, children and minorities, as well as on underage drinking, smoking, and AIDS. She played an important role in launching the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative. She was actively involved in working with other organizations to promote immunization of children and childhood injury prevention efforts. She spoke out often and forcefully about illegal underage drinking, and called upon the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to issue a series of eight reports on the subject.
Novello also worked to discourage illegal tobacco use by young people, and repeatedly criticized the tobacco industry for appealing to the youth market through the use of cartoon characters such as Joe Camel. A workshop that she convened led to the emergence of a National Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative.

Changing the Face of Medicine
 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_239.htmlhttp://www.greatwomen.org/women-of-the-hall/search-the-hall/details/2/3-Novello

National Women's Hall of Fame
http://www.greatwomen.org/women-of-the-hall/search-the-hall/details/2/3-Novello

For Girls in Science
http://forgirlsinscience.org/women-in-stem/antonia-coello-novello-2/


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