Hébert, Lesen, Fos named to COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
Corey Hebert, Amy Lesen and Peter Fos of Dillard University
April 22, 2020
NEW ORLEANS - On Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the members of the newly formed COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and three Dillard faculty and staff members have been included. Drs. Corey Hébert, Peter Fos and Amy Lesen have posts on the task force.
Dr. Hébert, Dillard’s chief medical officer, will serve on the primary 18-member task force. The medical doctor has been a prominent voice during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for African Americans. Dr. Hébert is known for his highly informative live streams where he provides insight on the latest COVID-19 data and developments. Dr. Hébert’s advocacy took center stage in Louisiana when he called for more focused attention on protecting the state’s African American population at the governor’s April 7th press conference. Dr. Hébert is also a regular contributor to WDSU-TV and makes frequent national television appearances.
Dr. Lesen will serve on the health disparities and research subcommitte. She has become a prominent voice in the national COVID-19 news cycle after penning an op-ed that appeared in The Advocate. The late-March opinion saw Dr. Lesen predict that the deadly pandemic would uncover the health disparities that plague the African American community. Since then, she has made numerous appearances, including an interview on “CBS Evening News”. Dr. Lesen is a researcher in the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center.
Dr. Fos, also a researcher in the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, will also serve on the health disparities and research subcommittee. A white paper produced by Dr. Fos focuses on New Orleans as a COVID-19 “hotspot” in addition to Detroit, Shreveport and Jackson, Mississippi. His work was cited by columnist Will Sutton of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.