Father, physician, Purdue Health Equity Director. Former IN Health Commissioner and 20th US Surgeon General

Indianapolis, IN
Joined February 2012
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"Public health is about creating conditions where everyone can not only survive, but thrive." @JeromeAdamsMD
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Thunderstorms today. Ignore the messy laundry room and tell me if you can the find scaredy-cat dog. She wouldn’t even come out for a Scooby snack… 😂
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If you’re a politician who truly believes gun violence should be addressed primarily via an increased focus on mental health (and to be fair, I do think it’s a big part of the problem), as a parent I really want to see some concrete proposals- with adequate funding attached. 🙏🏽
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“Focus on mental health” sounds reasonable, but if you mean it then walk the talk. Because we’ve seen time and again (and child death after child death) that “focus on mental health” is mostly code for “do nothing till this blows over.” But my kids are scared to go to school.🤦🏽‍♂️
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No matter how well we train them, school resource officers are not and will never be Navy SEALs or Army rangers. So I honestly don’t understand how giving them 9mms to go up against assault rifles (and expecting them to morph into John Wick) is supposed to be a solution.🤷🏽‍♂️
Today’s IDK who needs to hear this: This isn’t the Wild West, and school officials aren’t Wyatt Earp. That’s why in most public settings the answer to a bad guy with a gun, isn’t a good guy with a gun. There are so many evidence based paths forward- IF we actually want better.
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There are evidence based solutions that don’t require expecting low paid school resource officers to become action heroes…
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Today’s IDK who needs to hear this: This isn’t the Wild West, and school officials aren’t Wyatt Earp. That’s why in most public settings the answer to a bad guy with a gun, isn’t a good guy with a gun. There are so many evidence based paths forward- IF we actually want better.
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1) Safe gun storage 2) Social supports (poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and lack of community connections are frequent correlates with firearm injury) 3) Anti bullying initiatives (over 80% of mass shooters report having been bullied) There are more- but these 3 WORK
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Dr. Hrabowski provided me first an opportunity to pursue my STEM dreams, then mentorship and support, and now I’m proud to call him a friend. I’ve no doubt there will be future Surgeon’s General, Nobel laureates, and more that come out of this effort from @HHMINEWS!
We are excited to launch the Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program to help build a scientific workforce that more fully reflects our increasingly diverse country. #FHScholars bit.ly/3wMK7nl
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The CDC finally issued an advisory on Paxlovid rebound. Glad to see them weigh in, but the horse has left the gate (I and others called for this weeks ago). Providers are either not prescribing or are giving double courses. Health Alert Network (HAN) emergency.cdc.gov/han/2022/h…
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There are amazing scientists in the federal government, but the agencies themselves aren’t built to respond in real time to a rapidly changing health environment. Whether boosters, N95 masks, or now Paxlovid- they’ve made themselves less than relevant, due to delayed action.
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From @UAZPublicHealth - there are absolutely things we could be doing to lower risk of homicides and suicides. Non controversial things (ok- less controversial things). 👇🏽
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No surprise: Indiana COVID cases continue to rise, up by 95 since last week to a 7-day daily avg of 1,188. Hospitalizations also up 44 to 389.
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Celebrating 20 crazy years with this guy! 😍 These baby faces had no idea what was in store for them. Thankful to have you thru it all. Love you @JeromeAdamsMD!
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One can be gun owner (as I am) and have worked for Republican administrations (as I and Dr. Frist have), and still recognize it’s insanity to keep doubling down on the same thing, and expect different results.
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It’s telling (and troubling) how “pro life” and “pro choice” have 180° different meanings depending on the issue (and politician) we’re talking about. Kind of makes the all or none political positions seem hypocritical and silly, doesn’t it? 🤔 #takebackthemiddle
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I’m just a doctor (a trauma anesthesiologist to be exact), but I’m also a parent. And if R politicians don’t start offering parents more than thoughts and prayers and half mast flags, and this keeps happening, that expected wave in the fall may not go as many anticipate…
BREAKING: Death toll in Texas school shooting rises to at least 21, including 18 children, state senator says - CNN
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I’m a gun owner. And as a gun owner I believe in safe gun ownership, and don’t feel like it should be harder for my 18 year old to possess and operate a car than possess a gun. There’s lots of middle ground here- if people only (really) want to find it.
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