|Ben Cardin, |
US Senator for Maryland
and public health champion
On May 20, Senator Ben Cardin, a long-time advocate for universal access to affordable health care, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Maryland School of Public Health commencement ceremony.
The second-term senator for Maryland has worked to expand access to health care via the Affordable Care Act and initiatives to erase disparities in minority health. He was a driving force in the successful effort to create the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. Among his many achievements, Senator Cardin was successful in securing guaranteed dental benefit in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and authored the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act to reduce pollution and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay through strong new enforcement tools and new grant authority.
“Senator Cardin has been a national leader on health care, and his efforts in support of access to high-quality, affordable health care for all people reflect the values and mission of our School,” says Dean Jane E. Clark.
Over 450 students will graduate from the School of Public Health this spring with both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The ceremony will be held on Monday, May 20 at 4pm in the Cole Student Activities Building.