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Mobile, Ala. (August 21, 2003)

News ReleasesDr. Regina M. Benjamin Honored by National Governors Association

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, was honored by The National Governors Association (NGA) in the private citizen category at its 95th annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government were presented Aug. 17, at which the NGA honored three state officials, three private citizens and two organizations.

Benjamin has been a socially conscious, compassionate family physician in Bayou La Batre, Ala. since 1987. In 1995 she was elected to the American Medical Association's board of trustees, making her the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected.

Benjamin has received numerous national recognitions for her work. Benjamin was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Nation's 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under." She was featured in a New York Times article, "Angel in a White Coat," and was chosen "Person of the Week" by ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, "Woman of the Year" by CBS This Morning, and "Woman of the Year" by People Magazine. In 1998 she was the United States' recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.

"Dr. Benjamin's contributions to furthering rural health care and to public service are extraordinary. Her dedication to the State of Alabama and to humanity is a model for doctors everywhere," said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.

Established in 1976, the NGA Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government allow governors to bring national recognition to their states' most valuable civil servants and private citizens. The awards emphasize the commitment of state administrators and the important contributions private citizens make to state government.

"Our states are fortunate to have citizens who give so much of themselves, and who are dedicated to improving our communities," said NGA Chairman Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton. "I applaud these exceptional individuals for their commitment and hard work."
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