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Jerome Adams, MD, MPH to be the next Surgeon General of the United States

Wednesday, July 12, 2017  
Posted by: Harley Robinson, DVM
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As a Hoosier, I’m proud to announce that Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, has been nominated by President Trump to be the next Surgeon General of the United States. You may read all about his qualifications on the news feeds, but I can report from Indiana that he is a high-energy individual who acts with integrity and has a big heart for the health issues that face our nation. He has excellent communication skills and will be a respected advocate for the health of our citizens at the national, state and local levels.

Currently, in addition to his position as Indiana State Health Commissioner, he is an assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at Indiana University School of Medicine and is a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health.

When asked what do you find most challenging about public health, he answers “behavioral change, especially when culture and politics are involved.” He states that his primary points of focus in public health are identifying and addressing health disparities, and on his vision for public health he is quoted as saying ”… a world in which we don’t look at health for health’s sake, but rather, as an integral part of our economic, emotional, and life success and wellness.”

Dr. Adams demonstrated his ability to work effectively in a public health emergency situation during the Scott County HIV outbreak in 2015. His leadership skills, especially his ability to bring partners together to work on a common goal, were outstanding and arguably saved many lives. He has been an advocate for the needle exchange program at the state and county level, convincing law makers to ease restrictions and make it easier for communities to implement these plans.

Personally,  I can tell a story about Dr. Adams. I attended a state-wide Public Health Symposium on Leadership in the fall of 2015. I arrived early as I often do to network with colleagues. Dr. Adams was the keynote speaker that day. Before the event began I had opportunity to speak briefly to him about a current InALBOH issue that was heavy on my mind. He graciously (without my even asking) encouraged me and allowed me to address the audience concerning my issue, giving me a few moments just before his speech. He even introduced me.

We are saddened to see such a great resource leave Indiana (assuming Senate Confirmation). We wish Dr.  Adams and his family (wife and 3 young children) all the best and much success as Surgeon General. His ability to connect with people on all levels, from community to national, will serve him well as he  tackles his new demanding job with Hoosier perseverance and a heart for the public’s health.

Submitted by

Harley Robinson, DVM

InALBOH, president