Honoring Georgia's Giants in Public Health

Last evening the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recognized a prestigious group of Georgians for their work to champion public health and transform and improve the lives and well-being of communities across Georgia, the nation and around the world.

The CDC Foundation’s President and CEO Dr. Judy Monroe was one of the honorees, along with recipients from a variety of Georgia-based organizations, including government and non-government organizations and public and private universities. 

Recipients of the Georgia Giants in Public Health honor were:

  • Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president, Carter Center
  • Rosalynn Carter, former first lady, Carter Center
  • James Curran, MD, dean of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Michael Eriksen, ScD, dean of Georgia State University’s School of Public Health
  • Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Bill Foege, MD, senior fellow, health policy, The Carter Center
  • Tom Frieden, MD, former CDC director
  • Jeff Koplan, MD, vice president for Global Health, Emory University
  • Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
  • Gary Nelson, PhD, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
  • David Ross, ScD, president and CEO, Task Force for Global Health
  • David Satcher, MD, founding director and senior advisor Satcher Health Leadership Institute
  • Wade Sellers, MD, former Northwest district health officer, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Louis Sullivan, MD, chairman and CEO, Sullivan Alliance to Transform Health Professions
  • Phillip Williams, PhD, dean of the College of Public Health, University of Georgia


The CDC Foundation was pleased to serve as a sponsor of the ceremony along with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

This event emphasized the important role the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia play in the health, safety and security of both America and the world. Thanks to ASTHO for honoring these individuals, and congratulations to all of the Georgia Giants in Public Health honorees.

Pierce Nelson is the vice president for communications for the CDC Foundation.