Guru promotes global healthBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7243.1164 (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1164
As the United States faces increasing public health problems, David McQueen, associate director for global health promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tells Abi Berger that doctors are beginning to look at inequalities in health
When Dr David McQueen returned to the United States after 10 years in Scotland he gained a stone in weight. “I started eating just a bit more than I needed to, and I found I needed a car to get around,” he said. He wasn't alone in this behaviour: overeating and lack of daily exercise are creating major public health problems in the United States.
In Edinburgh, a carless McQueen (a medical sociologist who had trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health) had been the director of a stand alone research unit in health and behavioural change. From there, in 1992, he was recruited to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal government run agency in Atlanta.
He is now associate director for global health promotion at the agency, a programme that includes a wide variety of tasks, from advising countries on vaccination schemes to helping countries tackle problems such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. These last problems have …