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Partnerships Quotable Quotes

The following quotes from leading health authorities may be used to craft messages and garner media attention for public health projects. Use these quotes in your copy, as a sidebar, or as a margin runner depending on your design.

"In our libraries, our schools, our universities, and throughout our communities, we have the responsibility to ensure that all Americans can get online and get healthy."
Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services

"Emerging communication tools, such as the Internet, telecommunications, digital and satellite communications, can help us spread the prevention message and promote health in ways that previous generations could only dream of."
- David Satcher, Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General

"We hear a lot about how managed care is changing our health care system. What we don't hear is how consumers themselves are changing it. They are increasingly active in managing their own health and medical care. More and more, they are turning to the Internet to get the information they need. This conference makes an important contribution to our understanding [of] these dynamic developments."
Vice President Al Gore

"When users are basing their healthcare decisions on knowledge gained on the Internet, it becomes critical that the information they receive is reliable. Consumers need to learn the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to Internet health information - healthfinder® now offers the essentials for "smart Web surfing" - a driver's manual for the health information superhighway."
- Mary Jo Deering, Partnerships and healthfinder® Senior Spokesperson

 "Much remains to be done to fully harness the power of information technology to facilitate linkages between public health and clinical care. While these needs are widely recognized, and some systems have been developed, many of the potential benefits of information technology remain elusive or are unevenly distributed."
- Mary Jo Deering, Partnerships and healthfinder® Senior Spokesperson

"We should go forward with all the effectiveness of the interactive media, instead of just going forward with particular information. The key is research in the area of health care services."
Lisa Simpson, Acting Administrator, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

"The benefits of online services are less emergency room visits, less physician visits, and greater negotiation of doctors with skills."
Tom Ferguson, Senior Associate, Harvard Center for Clinical Computing

"When you have a site that's out there competing for attention, you have a lot of noise to rise above."
Michael S. Brown, President and Principal Associate, MSB Associates

"The future is owned by those who improve cost and quality."
Charles L. Jacobson, Executive Vice President, Premier, Charlotte, NC

"The community is in fact the patient—all the individuals working together."
Caswell A. Evans, Assistant Director of Health Services, Director of Public Health Initiatives, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County, CA


Partnerships for Health in the New Millennium          January 24-28, 2000         Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Updated: 05/01/08