Dr. Angelica Geter Fugerson is the City of Atlanta’s inaugural Chief Health Officer, appointed this summer by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to create new strategies that will improve the overall health and well-being of Atlanta residents.

Dr. Fugerson brings fifteen years of health expertise to the role, with previous positions on the local, state and federal levels. Her professional experience and research has focused on HIV/AIDS and public health services, as well as equity and health disparities in the South.

One of Dr. Fugerson’s primary goals will be to find collaborative ways to reduce new HIV transmissions, asthma rates, diabetes and other chronic illnesses affecting Atlanta’s communities. 

We spoke with her recently about her new role.