University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

CNHS Co-Sponsors Talk from Executive Director of the American Public Health Association

On January 25 at 5 p.m., the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences co-sponsors with the College of Medicine a talk from Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. It will be held in the Davis Auditorium with a reception to follow at 6:30 p.m. The talk is titled "The Future of Public Health: No Longer Invisible."

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has been the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post 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, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the state's Medicaid program.

An established administrator, author and orator, Dr. Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Washington, where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as Chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center. A few years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to Acting Commissioner for Public Health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as Interim Director of the Emergency Ambulatory Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department.