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Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has a new gig. The nation’s head doctor is on her way to Xavier University to continue her mission to improve public health.

“As you know I’m a longtime champion of the power of prevention and it was the foundation of my work as Surgeon General,” Benjamin told The Tom Joyner Morning Show. “I want to continue and further that mission. As I often say I’ve stepped away from the position of Surgeon General but not the mission.

To continue that mission, I’ve accepted the endowed chair at Xavier University. It’s the Picayune chair for Public Health Sciences. This endowed chair will allow me to help form and shape the future of public health care professionals.

Since I was there 30 years ago, Xavier has been renowned for getting the most African-Americans into medical school and graduating from medical school and helping other health professionals such as physics and biologist get Ph.D’s around the nations. So I’m really excited about working with young people. And it’s also going to allow me to promote public health around the country and internationally as well.”

While serving as Surgeon General from 2009 to this year, Benjamin was able to accomplish the following:

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