disease by addressing major risk factors (such as physical inactivity and poor nutrition) and on reducing the burden of disease through appropriate health screenings and prevention of secondary conditions.

Prior to her Deputy Assistant Secretary appointment, RADM Slade-Sawyer served as a senior public health advisor in the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Before joining the Office of Public Health and Science, RADM Slade-Sawyer activated and led the Physical Rehabilitation Department at the Federal Medical Center, Butner, North Carolina, as the Chief of Physical Rehabilitation. RADM Slade-Sawyer earned a degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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