Social determinants of health

David Satcher

Dr David Satcher is Interim President of Morehouse School of Medicine, National Centre for Primary Care.

Dr Satcher served simultaneously as United States Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. While in these posts, he spearheaded the development of Healthy People 2010, which included the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health as one of its two goals. He also released 14 Surgeon General’s reports on topics that included tobacco and health; mental health; suicide prevention, oral health; sexual health; youth violence prevention; and overweight and obesity.

From 1993 to 1998, Dr Satcher served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Dr Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is the recipient of over 40 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors. In 2004, he received the “Voice of Conscience Award” from Aetna for his work toward eliminating health disparities. In 2002, he received the “Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health” and the “City of Medicine Award.”