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This is what we did together!

By Dr. Alice Chen

It is hard to put into words how proud I am of the DFA movement.  

Over the past year,
 we have led a diverse coalition to get Dr. Vivek Murthy confirmed as Surgeon General. We have commanded people to hope where they thought hope was folly. We have brought together the medical community, the public health community, and a wide array of partners from all over the country to Stand with Vivek

We got the United States Senate to confirm him, and every piece of what you've done has made that possible. Your support is what makes this organization robust and powerful.

We have all enjoyed Dr. Murthy’s extraordinary leadership since our movement began. As we get ready to share him with the rest of the country and as we wish him well in his new position, I think it is important for each of you to know that this confirmation is not victory for just one person.

The groundwork for Dr. Murthy to defy all odds to become America's Doctor has been laid by doctors and medical students across the country who, for the past 6 years, have challenged the common perception that doctors don't fight to change the world. You have proven that doctors are not too tired, too cynical, too focused on pocketbook issues to care about what's happening to their communities. You have won battles across the country that have gotten people the care they need.

Change doesn't happen all at once with proclamations of the powerful. It happens one email, one tweet, one conversation, one letter, one op-ed, one interview, one moment of bravery at a time. And that is the story of Doctors for America - of doctors, medical students, and supporters across the country who have built this movement together.

We have a lot of work ahead of us to create the change we all want to see in the world around us. We have learned so much from this campaign that will make us stronger and more powerful in the coming years as we keep speaking up for the health of our patients and our communities.

But for today, I want to say from the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU. Thank you for all you've done to make this day possible. And most of all, thank you for believing that your voice can make a difference. Because it has.

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