Presented by Frances Ferguson, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Ferguson is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician with Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) in Albany, Georgia. She received a BS degree in Zoology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1984, an M.D. degree in 1989 from HU College of Medicine, and an MPH from Emory, Rollins School of Public Health, in 2003. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore Maryland in 1992. She began her medical career in July 1992 at Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) in Albany, GA. AAPHC is a large multi-specialty Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving seven counties in southwest Georgia with currently over 28 total sites. She left clinical medicine in 2004 in order to broaden her public health outreach, expand her commitment to eliminating health disparities, and to improve health outcomes for minority populations and the underserved. She embarked on a new career path as a Program Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland. There, she joined the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK/OMHRC.) As a Program Director in the OMHRC, Dr. Ferguson remained focused on eliminating health disparities in the chronic disease mission areas of the NIDDK. She was committed to increasing diversity in the research workforce by increasing the recruitment, training, and career development of minority and other underrepresented students, fellows and early career investigators. In July 2009, responding to her passion and first calling, she returned to AAPHC as a clinical physician. She is a champion of vaccine promotion and uptake in her organization and has dedicated a significant part of her free time to publicly advocating the use of vaccines for the prevention and eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Originally broadcast on May 19th, 2022.
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