Former U.S. surgeon general named Presidential Fellow, to lead health equity initiatives at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Dr Jerome Adams, former Indiana State Health Commissioner and 20th Surgeon General of the United States, will join Purdue University on Friday October 1 as Presidential Fellow and First Executive Director of Equity Initiatives in University Health, Professor of Practice in the Practice Departments of Pharmacy and Public Health, and Faculty Member of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue.
The appointment was announced Thursday (September 30) by Purdue chairman Mitch Daniels.
âDr. Adams represents the highest level of excellence through decades of patient care and service to the nation in public health,â said Daniels. âHe has always demonstrated his commitment to equity in health before, during and after his tenure as General Surgeon We are delighted that he is providing leadership at Purdue and representing Purdue globally in this important strategic area.
Eric Barker, Dean of Purdue College of Pharmacy, and Marion Underwood, Dean of Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, said Adams leadership will strengthen Purdue’s efforts to be a leader in public health and equity in health as he works alongside colleagues at several colleges and units in Purdue, Indiana and beyond to increase awareness and impact of public health programs, research and of Purdue’s scientific commitment.
“We know there are many societal determinants of health that transcend a person’s biology,” Underwood said. âOur efforts in both urban and rural health can address many of these factors. Culture, family background, socioeconomic status, and education all influence health and well-being. The College of Health and Human Sciences is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. We look forward to working alongside Dr Adams to expand HHS research and awareness in the areas of public health, HHS extension and beyond.
Barker added, âThrough the broad learning, research and engagement missions of our College of Pharmacy and generally through the Purdue system and our extensive networks, we are fortunate to truly study these questions. and to continue our vital work on initiatives that will improve the health of the populations of our state and our nation.
Pavlos Vlachos, director of the Regenstrief Center, said he expects Adams to be a catalyst to translate Purdue’s research into health systems and communities and to have a positive and ultimate impact on the health of population.
âOften some of the best healthcare technologies, scientific contributions or interventions have no impact on society because they are disconnected from the exact needs of communities and what is necessary for their successful implementation,â said said Vlachos. âJerome’s long experience and deep understanding of the complex US healthcare landscape and current population health challenges will help us better overcome these challenges and position Purdue as a national and global leader in innovation in healthcare. “
Adams, who comes to Purdue after serving as the 20th U.S. Surgeon General from September 2017 to January 2021, said he intended to help amplify the Purdue Extension’s efforts to promote health equity in the ‘Indiana and particularly in rural communities, as well as working specifically with the business community to advocate for health equity as a workforce and economic issues.
“Purdue is a historically rich institution that has the heritage, the talent and, thanks to President Daniels, the commitment to be a national leader in advancing health equity,” said Adams. âNever before in American history has the need been greater or the community more eager for such an effort. I am excited to combine my experiences in public health and public policy with the resources and opportunities offered by Purdue to help coordinate, amplify and innovate in the area of ââhealth equity.
Prior to his service to the nation, Adams served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017. In that capacity, he oversaw the state’s response to Ebola and Zika, as well as an outbreak unprecedented HIV infection in southern Indiana; and a lead contamination crisis in northern Indiana. . Dr Adams was also an associate professor of anesthesia at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, where he still sees patients and helps train residents and medical students.
Adams received his Masters of Public Health with a focus on chronic disease prevention from the University of California at Berkeley and his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. His postgraduate internship was at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and he completed his residency in Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesia at Indiana University in 2006.
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