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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Set To Visit Northern Michigan

(January 24, 2008) Greg Holzman, MD, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive, is scheduled to visit Northern Michigan. He is doing a tour of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to provide information about tobacco use and the resources available to help people quit.

Holzman’s presentation, entitled Treating Smoking Dependence: A Serious Disease that is Killing Michigan Residents, is scheduled for Noon on Monday, February 4 in the Conference Room at Otsego Memorial Hospital Professional Building. It includes best practices for cessation, including Chantax usage, and Surgeon General recommendations. He will also discuss smoke free air legislation, including the local regulation in effect in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. All are welcome.

“We’re really excited Dr. Holzman is able to visit our community and talk about the impact of tobacco use and secondhand smoke—the main causes of preventable death in Michigan,” said Teresa Sington, who coordinates tobacco control activities for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “This is a great opportunity for Otsego County residents to learn more about a very important issue.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for area physicians and other health care providers to improve their skills in assisting their patients in quitting tobacco use, and to stay informed of the latest tobacco cessation treatments available”, said Joshua Meyerson, MD, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

Holzman joined the State of Michigan as Chief Medical Officer in September, 2006. A Michigan native who grew up in Okemos, he received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information about Holzman’s presentations or information on tobacco use and the benefits of smoke-free indoor air, contact Sington at 231-533-5012. For free help in quitting smoking, call 800-480-7848.