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Georges C. Benjamin, MD      

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former secretary of Health for the state of Maryland. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research!America, the Truth Foundation and, the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Speech Topics

Public Health Preparedness

Politics and Healthcare

Health Reform

Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem

Climate Change and Public Health

COVID-19 Response


Trump plays down coronavirus testing as U.S. falls far short of level scientists say is needed
President Trump is increasingly dismissing the consensus of health experts, scientists and some of his Republican allies that widespread testing is key to the safe end of restrictions meant to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, saying Friday that “testing isn’t necessary” and is an imperfect guide.
Businesses, Schools Draw On CDC's Guidance To Reopen
The CDC's reopen guidance calls on businesses and schools to monitor for symptoms and to have systems to protect high-risk individuals. How can schools and businesses put this into action?
A 'risk-based decision' about protesting during a pandemic
Nationwide protests against police violence toward black Americans have raised concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus. If people are not social distancing and are gathering in the thousands, are they exposing themselves to greater risk for COVID-19? And how should that risk be weighed? Lisa Desjardins talks to Dr. Georges Benjamin of the American Public Health Association.
Webinar: Public Health Leadership and Policy: Lessons From Crisis
On June 24, U.S. News & World Report led a discussion about public health policy in the time of the coronavirus pandemic and intensifying awareness of racism as an urgent public health issue.

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