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Fitzgerald Travels to Taiwan for International Exchange Program

May 5, 2014

Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is traveling to Taiwan on Friday as part of an international exchange program of health leaders.

Fitzgerald will join heads of health departments at state and federal levels, physicians and executives of other health-related foundations or national associations for the 10-day program.

“Knowledge sharing is vital to protecting our populations and to improving resilience,” said Fitzgerald. “I am proud and honored to represent the Georgia Department of Public Health and the residents of this state in this very important exchange of ideas.”

The delegation will visit various local and rural communities, participate in round table discussions, and join in-depth conversations with the Taiwan MOHW, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Health Promotion Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration. A key component of the visit is a two-day symposium attended by hundreds of public health professionals, leaders in the private sector, health care providers and administrators, and researchers.

The exchange is facilitated by the Duke University Policy and Organizational Management Program and co-hosted this year by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW). For almost a decade, the symposium has provided a unique opportunity for Taiwanese and American health and public health professionals to share ideas and programs and to implement effective strategies and policies to achieve their respective goals.

While cultures and systems may be different, health officials around the world are united in their mission to tackle similar, often universal, health issues. This exchange program provides dedicated health professionals the opportunity to discuss challenges, solutions and successes with the goal of making the world healthier and safer.  

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