Former CDC Director and public health icon Dr. William Foege Endorses Dr. Shannon Hader for Congress in Washington’s 8th District

Auburn – Former Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pacific Lutheran University and University of Washington Medical School alum Dr. William Foege has endorsed Dr. Shannon Hader in her bid for Washington’s 8th Congressional District seat.

“Dr. Shannon Hader provides an opportunity to restore our faith in representative government,” said Dr. Foege. “She combines experience and passion with a deep understanding of science, and practical experience in managing people and resources to fight major health problems. She has demonstrated her abilities as a public servant and understands global issues having worked in difficult conditions in Africa. Washington would be so fortunate to have her representation.”

A medical doctor and epidemiologist who worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, Dr. Foege became Chief of the CDC Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of the CDC in 1977. In 1984, Dr. Foege co-founded the Task Force for Child Survival, a working group for WHO, UNICEF, The World Bank, UNDP, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Foege served The Carter Center between 1986-1992 as its Executive Director, Fellow for Health Policy and Executive Director of Global 2000. Between 1992 and1999, he contributed to the Center’s work as a Fellow and as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. Between 1999 and 2001, Dr. Foege served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Foege is Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, Emory University, and a Gates Fellow.

“Dr. Bill Foege is a giant in our public health world,” said Dr. Hader. “He brings a lifetime of dedicated service, commitment, and science and innovation to saving lives and making our world healthier. It is a true honor to receive his endorsement.”

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