The Surgeon General’s Priorities
As the Nation’s Doctor, the U.S. Surgeon General is focused on improving the country’s health. The Surgeon General communicates the best available scientific information to the public, using the position’s platform to reach individuals where they live, work, and play and by issuing scientific documents - Surgeon General’s Reports, Calls to Action, and Advisories – on critical public health issues.
The Office of the Surgeon General also has its own peer-reviewed journal. Published since 1878, Public Health Reports issues original research and commentaries in the areas of tobacco control, health disparities, and critical and emerging public health issues.
As a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Surgeon General leads a uniformed service of more than 6,000 highly qualified public health officers, who are committed to protecting, promoting and advancing the health of our country and our world. Officers serve throughout the nation in communities that are most in need by providing essential health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations.
The Surgeon General’s priorities include: