Bagwell Adams named Assistant Dean of Outreach, Engagement, and Equity

Grace Bagwell Adams has been named to Assistant Dean for Outreach, Engagement, and Equity at the University of Georgia College of Public Health.

Joining the faculty in 2014, Adams is an associate professor in the College’s department of health policy and management.

During her tenure, Adams has devoted substantial time to serving her department, the College of Public Health, the University of Georgia, and she has also demonstrated a tireless commitment to serving the community and her profession. Adams considers service to be an integral duty of academic public health faculty.

At the local level, Adams lends her expertise in needs assessment, data analysis, and policy analysis to community-based groups, nonprofits, and hospitals. Most notably, Adams is lead investigator of the Athens Wellbeing Project, an interdisciplinary and multisector effort to assist local institutions and nonprofit organizations to make more informed decisions that impact the local community.

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams has been called to further serve the state of Georgia. She has worked with communities locally and in southwest Georgia to assist hospital planning and response to the epidemic, and in addition, she serves on both the UGA Community Relations COVID-19 Task Force and the Athens-Clarke County Government COVID-19 Advisory Group.

At the state and national level, she has contributed her expertise to state agencies including the Department of Family and Children Services, the Division of Aging Services, and the Department of Early Care and Learning. Since 2018, she has regularly attended the state working group of policy makers and stakeholders meeting to address the opioid crisis, and that year, Dr. Adams was awarded the College of Public Health’s Excellence in Service Award for her work across her community and the state of Georgia.

As Assistant Dean, Adams will be responsible for –

  • Fostering integrated community research and outreach approaches to improve the public’s health.
  • Leading the expansion of the State of the Public’s Health Conference, Public Health Leadership Academy, and other continuing education/training activities on UGA and Gwinnett campuses and throughout the state.
  • Engaging with local, state, and nationally with leaders of community outreach, engagement, and equity.
  • Promoting equity and diversity for the CPH community.

“It is an honor to work for the College of Public Health at UGA, and for Dean Davis, where community engagement is deeply valued,” said Adams. “I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to build meaningful partnerships, working across our community and state with our wonderful students, faculty, and staff.”

– Lauren Baggett

Posted on May 12, 2020.