22 May MEDICC Moves Forward With New Leadership Team
Oakland, CA, May 22, 2017—Dr. C. William Keck and Mr. Jerrontay Foster assume leadership of MEDICC, coinciding with this year’s celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary. Dedicated to bridge-building between the US, Cuban and global health communities, MEDICC highlights Cuba’s public health approaches to inform the quest for health equity and universal health worldwide.
Dr. Keck, a founding MEDICC board member, succeeds Dr. Nassim Assefi as Executive Director. He chairs the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice, is past president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and directed Akron, Ohio’s health department for 27 years. “In this critical time for health in our nation, I look forward to taking US-Cuba health cooperation to a higher level to benefit Americans and Cubans alike,” said Dr. Keck.
Mr. Foster joined MEDICC 15 years ago as chief financial officer, now promoted to Deputy Director with oversight of MEDICC’s Oakland headquarters and programs. “I am as passionate about MEDICC today as I was the first day I started with this remarkable organization,” said Mr. Foster. Board Chair Dr. Peter Bourne commented: “We have put together an extraordinary team to lead MEDICC forward, just when health is at the center of the world’s concerns.” He thanked Dr. Assefi for serving as interim executive director until returning to her sabbatical year.