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    Dr. Fredia Wadley starts as Talbot County’s new Health Officer
    Baltimore, MD (October 28, 2015) – The Talbot County Council and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Fredia Wadley, as the Health Officer for Talbot County. Dr. Wadley assumed these duties today.  
    Dr. Wadley earned her doctorate degree in medicine from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1975, followed by a pediatric residency at Memphis, Tenn., hospitals and pediatric board certification in 1975. Dr. Wadley earned her master of science degree in Health Planning and Administration in 1976. She served on the pediatric faculty for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; as the southeast regional medical director, director and chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health; as director of the Nashville/Davidson County Health Department; and as the commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. Most recently, Dr. Wadley was the medical director for Health Integrity, the medical director for Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care and the CEO of Quality Health Strategies.
    Dr. Wadley has received awards for public health work from the Southern Health Association, the Tennessee Public Health Association, the Tennessee Pediatric Society and others. She has been a delegate to the American Public Health Association for four years.
    Health and Mental Hygiene Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Howard Haft says: “We are excited to have Fredia become the local health officer for Talbot County. Her breadth of experience in private healthcare industry, health care reform, innovation and state public health will provide significant contributions both locally and overall to the State of Maryland.”
    Dr. Wadley has spent most of her career in public health. She says, “Being the health officer for Talbot County is like coming home, after 12 years in the private health sector.”
    “We look forward to working with Dr. Wadley in her role as Health Officer for Talbot County,” notes Corey Pack, President of the Talbot County Council. “With her connections at both the local and state level, as well as her strong commitment to public health, we know Dr. Wadley will be a true asset to Talbot County and the Health Department.”
    Dr. Wadley and her husband, Ed, have been residents of Easton, Md., since 2004, and have a daughter in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Wadley has served on the board of directors for Talbot County Social Services and For All Seasons. In addition to the basic prevention services of public health, her special interests include children's well-being, support services for the elderly and minority populations, and better integration of all public services with private health services for achieving better outcomes in population health.
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the state government agency that protects Maryland’s public health and also works to help Marylanders make better health decisions for better health outcomes. Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH andwww.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH.