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Dr. Mary Applegate, an ACPM member, shares her thoughts on the importance of supporting ACPM.

ACPM Member and Donor: 
Mary Applegate, MD, MPH  

Delmar, New York

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
University of Massachusetts School of Public Health


Dr. Applegate has been a public health physician in Albany, New York for the past 20 years, first at the New York State Department of Health, and in recent years at the UAlbany School of Public Health.  She has been a supporter of the ACPM since shortly after graduating from her preventive medicine residency.

Why I feel it is important to donate to charity: 
We live in a country that is averse - almost allergic - to paying taxes to promote the common good.  Those of us with sufficient resources have an obligation to support organizations that work hard every day to improve life for our fellow citizens.

Most fulfilling aspect of donating to the ACPM: 
I know that every contribution I make to ACPM makes a real difference in what the organization can do; it doesn't just disappear like a drop in the ocean.

How I hope my donations have helped others: 
Our field is medicine's best kept secret.  When we are most successful, we are most invisible.  We need to work together through ACPM to get the word out to our fellow physicians, to medical students, and to policy makers.  In current discussions about health care reform, there is a lot of talk about preventive medicine, but no resources for training specialists in preventive medicine and very little attention to the population level changes that are needed to make prevention work.  

What I've learned through my involvement with the ACPM:
The preventive medicine community is small compared with other specialties in medicine.  Through ACPM, it's easy to get involved in high-level, national efforts to promote our specialty and to promote the public's health.

Something about me not everyone knows:
I've been dealing with some serious non-preventable health problems in recent years, which has given me a whole new appreciation for the importance of good underlying health.  We can never prevent all harms, but by being in good health to begin with, we can recover more easily when we get a bad blow.  Prevention is important for all of us!


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