August 27, 2009
Senator Kennedy was a constant and dedicated advocate for improving health care and public health services for all Americans. During his 46 years as a U.S. Senator, he left an indelible mark on our country and served as a champion for equity, social justice and human rights. Senator Kennedy was a true leader and an icon in public life.
The priorities that Senator Kennedy pursued through his legislative work, whether in promoting civil rights and social justice, supporting public health and chronic disease prevention, particularly cancer, or increasing access to quality health care, are central to the mission and goals of the Public Health Institute. So much of our own work owes a debt to his leadership and vision over so many years. His legacy will continue to improve the lives of people for decades to come. more