Dr. Jacob Warren Elected Section Councilor for American Public Health Association


MACON – Dr. Jacob Warren, Rufus C. Harris Endowed Chair, director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities and associate professor of community medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine, was recently elected a section councilor within the Medical Care section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). 

The Medical Care section advocates within APHA for strengthening and assuring the conditions that preserve and enhance health as well as a medical care system that assures high-quality care, accessible preventive medicine and cultural sensitivity for all.

As a section councilor, Dr. Warren will play a role in setting and acting on section policies and procedures, preparing resolutions and policy statements related to medical care, advising on the publication of papers and reports, and advising the APHA Executive Board regarding boards, councils, task forces and standing committees. The nationally elected position carries a three-year term.

”I'm excited to help bring the voice of Mercer and rural health to the national level,” Dr. Warren said.

For more information on the APHA, visit apha.org.

About the Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)

Mercer University's School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School's primary teaching hospitals: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master's degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences.