Georgia names new public health director

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ATLANTA  - The Georgia Department of Community Health has announced a new director for its public health division.

The department announced the appointment of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald on Tuesday.

As director of public health, she will oversee the division's seven main program areas: health promotion and disease prevention; maternal and child health; infectious disease and immunization; environmental health; epidemiology; vital records; and the state public health laboratory.

She will also direct the state's 18 health districts and 159 county health departments.

Fitzgerald has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Georgia State University and a doctor of medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine.

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