Al Wright

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Track: Prevention Science

What is your professional background and where do you currently work?

I have a varied professional background. I retired from the United States Army as a commissioned chief warrant officer. Then, I worked for number years at the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency as the deputy director for technical support.

My next career move was with SPRINT Long Distance as a network technician before working with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness as the emergency preparedness specialist.

After leaving Fulton County, I spent three years as a plans and policy coordinator at the CDC, before returning to the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness as the emergency preparedness administrator, in the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

How has earning an MPH degree affected your career path?

It has opened many doors for me. It has helped me to sustain my current position at Fulton County and I have been consulted to address various public health issues and programs.

What is your most valuable skill you learned in the Executive MPH program?

My skills as a writer and planner were enhanced by the EMPH program.

What is your favorite memory from the EMPH program?

I always enjoyed meeting new people and congregating with my cohort colleagues at the beginning and end of each semester. I also really enjoyed the enthusiasm and encouragement of the EMPH leadership, faculty, and staff.

The EMPH program broadened my educational and professional experience in public health and beyond. I am truly honored to be an Emory University graduate.