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APTS to Recognize the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. for his Stewardship of Public Broadcasting Atlanta and for Championing Public Television’s Role in Disease Prevention and Education

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — February 4, 2010 — The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will present the 2010 David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award to the Honorable Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D., Board Chairman of the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc. (AETC) and former Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Brugger Award, named for the former President and Chief Executive Officer of APTS, recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in advocacy on behalf of public television.  

As Chairman of the entity that operates Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan understands the unique ability of public television and radio stations to positively impact the world in which we live. As one of the nation's leading public health policy experts, Dr. Sullivan combines his passion for public broadcasting with his commitment to creating public health education programs that are broadly available, accurate and accessible to all.  

When the Obama Administration and Congress began considering health care reform options last summer, Dr. Sullivan was a vocal advocate of the role that public television can play in national disease prevention and wellness education campaigns. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Sullivan wrote: "As educators and trusted sources of information to communities and families, local public television stations are uniquely situated to play an indispensable role in health education, promoting healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. Many of our nation's public television stations already are working with their local officials, hospitals and community institutions to address health issues in innovative ways."

"As a former Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, current Chairman of the Board of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and Chairman of the Board of the National Health Museum, Dr. Sullivan truly stands at the intersection of public broadcasting and health education," said APTS President and CEO Larry Sidman. "As a distinguished public servant, a wise physician and a leader in public television, there is no one more appropriate to champion the immense contribution that local stations can make in disease prevention and wellness education than Dr. Sullivan."

Dr. Sullivan is a founding member of AETC, the entity responsible for the management of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), which is comprised of three public broadcasting entities: WABE FM- 90.1, WPBA TV- 30 and APS Cable Channel 22. Dr. Sullivan has served as chair of the AETC Board of Directors for the past 13 years.  

"As a leader, Dr. Louis Sullivan demands the innovative courage to seek excellence. As a person, he sets high standards of integrity, humanity, and determination to succeed. It is my hope and challenge to reach such high standards," says Milton Clipper, President and CEO of the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc., which is responsible for the management of PBA. "AETC is fortunate and honored to have such a distinguished Atlantan to serve in this capacity. His insightful and thoughtful leadership continues to provide Public Broadcasting Atlanta with both local and national opportunities to serve diverse communities."

Dr. Sullivan is the founding Dean, Director, and President Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a steadfast supporter of Public Broadcasting Atlanta and has worked tirelessly to help it fulfill its critical mission to the Atlanta community. He served as host of the public television series Frontiers of Medicine, and is a sought-after health expert by national and international news media.

Dr. Sullivan was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, to pilot HHS. In this post, Dr. Sullivan managed the federal agency responsible for the major health, welfare, food and drug safety, medical research and income security programs serving the American people. He is also chairman of the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce (funded by the Kellogg Foundation).  

Dr. Sullivan served as Chair of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009, and was Co-Chair of the President's Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2005. A member of numerous medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association, Dr. Sullivan was the founding President of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. He is a former member of the Joint Committee on Health Policy of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities.  

Sidman concluded: "Dr. Sullivan has consistently reached out across the aisle and across barriers of race, region and ideology to improve our nation's health. He truly exemplifies the values and ideals that the Brugger Award represents, as his is an important voice in securing genuinely bipartisan support for the vital role that public broadcasting can play in a comprehensive health care solution."

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support.


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