Social Justice Week Keynote Address: Dr. Dianna E. Abney, Health Officer for Charles County Department of Health will examine the pandemic’s impact on our communities and the vaccines that are currently available. Her presentation will focus, specifically, on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minorities, and the particular importance of vaccinations for this group. She’ll address issues of fear and distrust of the vaccine, and educate the audience on its safety and efficacy in fighting this virus.
Dr. Dianna E. Abney was previously the Health Officer for the Charles County Department of Health from December 2012 to August 2018. Under her leadership the health department offered a wide range of public health services, and decreased disparities by increasing access to dental, behavioral health and primary care services. One of her proudest accomplishments was bringing primary care back to Nanjemoy by opening a family medicine clinic in the community center. For the past two years she worked at Children’s National Hospital in the Pediatric Health Network. She was the Medical Director for Network Management and was instrumental to the development of the Network. The College of Southern Maryland expresses gratitude for Dr. Abney’s service to the public and students to have an open discussion on the current state.