Phillip L. Williams and James W. Curran?, the deans of public health programs at Emory University and the University of Georgia, make the case for the establishment of a cabinet-level public health agency in an opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
From the article:
“Establishing an independent Department of Public Health with its own Cabinet-level commissioner, as the report recommends, would offer the ability to move rapidly to address both persistent and emerging health issues. By enabling the department to report directly to the governor, an independent agency would streamline communications between public health officials, government leaders and the public before and during health emergencies.”
Read the entire opinion piece at ajc.com: Georgia Needs a Cabinet-Level Public Health Agency