Dr. Chris Rustin, Immediate Past President of GPHA, will be the featured speaker for the 2022 Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series presented by the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.
2022 Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series
Public Health: Past, Present, Future, by Dr. Chris Rustin
Monday, October 17, 2022, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Center – Nessmith-Lane Conference Center
847 Plant Drive on the Statesboro Campus of Georgia Southern University
The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Rustin’s public health career spans over two decades ranging from working in rural and urban health departments, the State Health Department, to a stint in academia. He splits his time between Atlanta and Savannah serving in a dual role; Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Public Health Administrator for the Chatham County Health Department.
As the Deputy Commissioner, he assists the Commissioner of Public Health with oversight of statewide public health programs, 159 County Health Departments, and over 6,000 employees statewide. For the past two years, he has served as the Incident Manager coordinating DPHs response to the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently assisting with coordination of the monkeypox response. As the Chatham County Public Health Administrator, he directs one of the largest Health Departments in the State ensuring local public health services are provided to the Savannah-Chatham community and region.
Rustin began his career as an intern with the Chatham County Mosquito Control Commission, leading to his first public health position as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Evans County Health Department. From there he managed and directed Environmental Health programs for Effingham and Chatham County Health Departments. In 2009, he transferred to DPH headquarters in Atlanta to assume leadership positions in Environmental Health and was promoted to the Director of Health Protection overseeing DPH’s largest Division. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at several universities and taught Environmental Health Science at the JPHCOPH.
An alumni of the JPHCOPH, he received his Doctor of Public Health with an emphasis on Community Health. Additionally, he is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the Georgia Board of Registered Environmental Health Professionals, a Fellow of the CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, and the immediate past President of the Georgia Public Health Association.
The annual Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series is sponsored by an endowment established to honor Mr. Fries, the founder of Claxton Poultry and former senior statesman of the poultry industry in Georgia. He passed away in December 2001. His company continues its tradition as a privately held family business with the Fries children and grandchildren.