Originally published May 13, 2013
DPH Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., and Tiffany Parr-Fowles, DrPH, DPH senior manager epidemiologist, were recently inducted into the Beta Chi chapter of Delta Omega during a University of Georgia ceremony. Fitzgerald was inducted as the newest honorary member.
"I am thrilled to be a member of Delta Omega, Beta Chi chapter," Fitzgerald said. "I am very proud of the important work being done in public health and that I have a role in it. It is a personal and professional achievement to be welcomed into this prestigious organization."
Parr-Fowles, who was inducted as a student member of the society, recently earned a Doctor of Public Health degree. Her dissertation focused on geographic access and HIV testing among black men in Atlanta.
"I was humbled and honored when I was inducted," she said. "This is only the beginning and I plan to continue my work in this field to advance the health of vulnerable populations."
Delta Omega was founded in 1924 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, which is now known as the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The society was intended to recognize outstanding achievements in the fledgling field of public health and to attract more students to study it. Delta Omega now has 70 chapters around the world and more than 14,000 members. According to the society's website, membership in Delta Omega "reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people."