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Jerome Adams
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    (September 22, 1974- )
    Born in Orange, New Jersey
    Received a B.A. in Biopsychology (1996)
    Received a B.S. in Biochemistry (1996)
    Received M.P.H. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (2000)
    Received M.D. degree from the University of Indiana, Indianapolis (2006)
    Served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner (2014 - 17)
    U.S. Surgeon General appointed by President Donald Trump (September 5, 2017 - )
    Vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
    Appointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force Response team (February 2020)
    He initially downplayed COVID-19, comparing it to the flu (which in all fairness was a pretty common thing to do at the time).
    He walked back his initial recommendation that the public stop wearing facemasks to prevent the virus spread.
    He was criticized for calling for 'no more criticism' from the press regarding the Trump administration's response to the pandemic.
    He was accused of talking down to African-Americans and Hispanics when addressing the need to follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    The specific words used? 'We need you to do this - if not for yourself - then for your abuela. Do it for your granddaddy. Do it for your big momma, do it for your pop pop.'
    He suffers from asthma.
    He was mentored by Nobel Prize Chemistry laureate Thomas Chech.
    He conducted research at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School in 1995, focusing on assessing the prevalence and predictors of hypertension among rural and urban Black Zimbabweans.
    His two major priorities are fighting the Opioid Epidemic and mental illness.
    He coordinated the response to Indiana's HIV epidemic, in 2015, which informed his later position on the dangers of opiates.
    He defended his word choice in a White House Task Force briefing, stating that he 'meant no offense' and that this was language used in his own family.
    His intentions were obviously well-meaning, as he highlighted data showing that African Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 due to long-standing disparities in bodily health and inequalities in access to medical care.

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