The City of Atlanta is receiving its first-ever Chief Health Officer, courtesy of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who recently appointed Dr. Angelica Geter Fugerson to fill the position, effective immediately.

“Dr. Fugerson is uniquely qualified to lead our city’s efforts on improving the overall health and wellbeing of Atlantans,” Bottoms said. “Her experience and expertise tackling public health issues—including in-depth research on HIV/AIDS—will be invaluable as we continue to build healthier, thriving communities in Atlanta.”

A health expert with 15 years of experience, Fugerson is a former research fellow of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with education in health science from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the University of Kentucky.

She specializes in research on HIV/AIDS and public health services as well as equity and health disparities in the Southern United States.

In her new position, Fugerson is tasked with creating an action plan to combat the leading causes of illness and disability in Atlanta, improving health literacy rates, and assessing emerging health needs to improve community health.

She is also expected to build coalitions across the city to reduce new HIV transmissions, as asthma rates, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses affecting the Atlanta community; which has been outlined as a primary goal of the position.

A trusted advisor to the Mayor, Fugerson will be responsible for identifying priorities for action and direct municipal activities and investment with the goal of improving the long-term health outcomes of Atlanta residents.

And she will serve as the bridge between key stakeholders including Fulton and DeKalb counties (which are tasked with public health by state law), local hospitals, and other community health organizations to ensure coordination and consistency across overlapping areas of service.

The Bottoms Administration has taken an active role in addressing public health needs and issues in Atlanta. In 2019, Mayor Bottoms allocated funding to the Atlanta PrEP Expansion Project (ATLPrEP) to establish an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Atlanta and the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) to increase the scope and reach of PrEP via the Fulton County Board of Health’s mobile health units.

(Photo: Courtesy of City of Atlanta)

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