St. Mary’s County grad Adams named U.S. sur­geon gen­eral

For­mer teacher says he was ‘very trust­wor­thy’

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com

Con­firmed by the U.S. Se­nate on Thurs­day, Dr. Jerome Adams, who grew up in St. Mary’s County and grad­u­ated from Chop­ti­con High School, will be sworn in as sur­geon gen­eral of the United States.

Adams, 42, will ser ve a four-year term as the na­tion’s top health of­fi­cial.

“To be con­firmed as the 20th U.S. sur­geon gen­eral is truly an in­de­scrib­able honor,” Adams said on Twit­ter Aug. 3, thank­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and In­di­ana Gov. Eric Hol­comb (R) for the op­por­tu­nity to serve as In­di­ana’s health com­mis­sioner.

When the fam­ily heard the news, “we were very pleased,” his fa­ther, Richard Adams, said in an in­ter­view.

Richard Adams said the process af­ter his son’s nom­i­na­tion in late June was “kind of stress­ful,” and “it was a relief” to hear he’s now con­firmed.

“It’s like you hit the lot­tery,” he said, de­scrib­ing the fi­nal Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion as the Powerball. “You feel ex­cited and re­lieved.”

Richard Adams and his wife, Edrena Adams, went to their son’s nom­i­na­tion

hear­ing last week on Capi­tol Hill, where the Adamses met some of the se­na­tors.

“He was able to gen­er­ate bi­par­ti­san sup­port from both sides,” Richard Adams said of his son. With that, and sup­port from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, “we should make great strides” in pub­lic health to ben­e­fit all Amer­i­cans.

An­swer­ing ques­tions from Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) at the hear­ing, Jerome Adams spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in var­i­ous ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas and how that has shaped his un­der­stand­ing on ap­proach­ing pub­lic health is­sues.

“I grew up on the East Coast, trained at UC Berke­ley, now live in the Mid­west,” he said. “I was for­tu­nate to grow up on a fam­ily farm.”

Adams went on to say that dif­fer­ent ar­eas have dif­fer­ent cul­tures, be­liefs and bar­ri­ers.

“I think that un­der­stand­ing not all en­vi­ron­ments are the same and that we

Dr. Jerome Adams

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