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Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director, APHA
Georges C. Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation.
He came to APHA from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became secretary of health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As secretary, Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program.
Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Kaye Bender, immediate past-president, APHA
Kaye Bender is an independent public health, organizational, and education consultant and strategist and the owner of Kaye Bender Consulting, LLC. She was appointed as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Health Association in May 2020. She was the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board from 2009-2019. She was the Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing for 6 years immediately before PHAB. Prior to that, she worked in local public health for several years in Mississippi and was the Deputy State Health Officer for the Mississippi Department of Health for 12 years. She chaired the Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee, the precursor study for the establishment of the Public Health Accreditation Board.
She is a board member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners; the Public Health Foundation; and the MS Public Health Institute. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing and served on its board from 2016-2019. She has numerous publications and presentations related to governmental public health infrastructure improvement.