Mercer University School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Bonzo Reddick was among 14 members of the newly created Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) COVID-19 Health Equity Council announced Feb. 26.
The group will help DPH increase the effectiveness of its public health programs statewide, ensure equity in COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration, and improve outreach and communication within Georgia communities most affected by COVID-19.
Dr. Reddick serves as chair of community medicine, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, and professor of community medicine on the Savannah campus. His research focuses on promotion of health equity, particularly in historically marginalized populations.
“Unfortunately, our health care system has done things to lose the trust of certain racial and ethnic minority communities, but this is hopefully a step toward regaining and earning that trust,” said Dr. Reddick. “I am looking forward to being a part of the solution and honored to be working alongside colleagues to make a difference in our communities.”