APHA welcomes appointment of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date: Jul 07 2017

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Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2017 — "Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is a strong choice to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and I look forward to working with her as she leads our country’s disease, injury and disability prevention efforts.

"From her work as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist to her recent service as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Fitzgerald is more than prepared to face the health challenges of our time, including climate change, Zika, Ebola, and our growing burden of chronic disease.  She has shown tremendous leadership in the fields of maternal and child health, making early childhood development a priority throughout her work in Georgia. The American Public Health Association looks forward to engaging with her on pressing actions including addressing health inequities, preparing and training the public health workforce, and educating the public on prevention.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Fitzgerald in her passionate pursuit of healthier communities and families."

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