The Disease Detective: Georgia State University School of Public Health alum helps address today’s most critical global health crises and challenges. As a scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Jennifer Lind helps address today’s most critical global health crises and challenges.
When Dr. Lind joined the CDC in 2012, she knew she wasn’t just taking a job. She was taking on the privilege and responsibility to protect the health of the global population.
Dr. Lind is the lead scientist for the CDC’s Treating for Two initiative, which aims to improve the health of expectant mothers and their babies by providing guidance about using medication before and during pregnancy.
The 35-year-old pharmacist and epidemiologist is one of Georgia State’s 40 Under 40, a list of the most influential and innovative graduates under the age of 40.
“My work focuses on safer medication use during pregnancy and researching the prevention and control of risk factors for birth defects,” she said.
According to Dr. Lind, public health was not even on her radar when she graduated from pharmacy school in 2007. She and her classmates were advised to become retail or hospital pharmacists or to work for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Lind chose retail pharmacy in Atlanta.
“I was working in a community with a lot of chronic disease,” she said. “Many of my patients had multiple chronic diseases, so they were on lots of medications. I felt there had to be a way to stop people from getting to that point — where they’re on 15 medications and you’re just trying to keep them functioning. I wanted to change things on a higher level.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 28