February 17, 2012 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Dr. Jessica Herzstein, global medical director at Air Products, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as one of its newest members and the first physician appointed from the manufacturing industry. Dr. Herzstein will take her seat on the Task Force effective immediately.
The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of 16 experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force is responsible for evidence-based guidelines that influence healthcare practices for virtually all Americans. For example, recently issued guidelines relating to mammography and prostate cancer screening received worldwide attention. The Task Force makes recommendations to primary care clinicians about preventive services such as screenings, counseling or preventive medications that may benefit patients before they experience signs or symptoms of a condition. Members come from many health-related fields, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology and nursing.
Dr. Herzstein is an expert in public health, screening and preventive health services and is currently the global medical director at Air Products. In this position, Dr. Herzstein develops, implements and oversees global health programs for more than 18,000 employees. She also works as an occupational health consultant and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Public Health Association, Dr. Herzstein is an accomplished public health specialist with more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, patient care and health care program administration.
About the USPSTF
The USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that makes recommendations about preventive services such as screenings, counseling, or preventive medications that may benefit patients before they experience signs or symptoms of a condition. The Task Force reviews published evidence and evaluates the benefits and harms of individual services for specific groups of people based on age, sex, and risk factors for disease. The USPSTF provides this service to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient’s needs. More information is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 18,000 employees in over40 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of $10.1 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.