Dr. James E.K. Hildreth Sr., President of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, in the United States, was appointed by the US President, Joe Biden, to integrate the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Commenting on this appointment, President Hildreth, stated:
We are facing one of the largest challenges in the history of our nation. COVID-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, and if adequate steps are not taken, this number will continue to grow. As we have seen, COVID-19 does not discriminate, it does not respect borders, and it does not behave according to our timelines.
The virus has had the largest impact on our communities of color, among Black and brown Americans with underlying health conditions. Without our immediate attention and a national, organized effort to fight this virus, we will be dealing with its impact for years to come.
Dr. Hildreth has a long career as epidemiologist, having worked as researcher and faculty at the Johns Hopkins University, Dean at the University of California at Davis, and President of Meharry Medical College, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) related to the United Methodist Church. He was one of the leading scientists working on HIV/AIDS and has promoted international cooperation with medical schools in Africa and Asia. Recently, Dr. Hildreth has advised Mayor John Cooper, of Nashville, Tennessee, on the city’s COVID-19 response. He also promoted a Virtual Health Summit with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States. To read Dr. James Hildreth’s full official statement regarding his appointment to President Biden’s Task Force, click here