20th U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams Signs Exclusively with APB
24 Feb 2021
Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, who served as “America’s Doctor” as Surgeon General from 2017-2021, has exclusively signed with APB Speakers. In this role, Dr. Adams will continue his 25-year mission in community and public health, speaking on subjects such as health equity, the connection between community health and economic prosperity, ending the stigma of substance use disorder and fostering diversity and inclusion.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Adams,” says Robert P. Walker, Founder, Chairman and CEO of APB. “He brings a unique combination of medical expertise, experience at the forefront of global and national health policy, and a moving life story to an array of audiences.” Placing health equity and ending health disparities at the core of all that he speaks about, Dr. Adams shares a life story of growing up in an underserved, poor rural Southern community, seriously asthmatic, where he didn’t encounter a Black physician until he was in college. “It’s a side that we didn’t get to see during the COVID crisis,” says Walker. “He puts a very human face on pressing health issues and then backs them with health policy recommendations.” Some of the personal stories he shares include having a brother with substance use disorder who has cycled in and out of jail, family alcoholism, tobacco-related deaths, the toll of environmentally-connected asthma and a mother who faced the challenges of having a chronically ill child.
Dr. Adams’ talent for speaking from the heart and making policy personal make him a natural for virtual events that champion the power of human connection. “He takes the politics out of policy, really connects with audiences, and never backs down from answering tough questions,” says Walker. “And that makes for an unforgettable speaking experience.”