Director of Telemedicine & Rural Health Initiatives, Georgia Department of Public Health
Suleima Salgado, MBA is the Director of Telemedicine & Rural Health Initiatives for the Georgia Department of Public Health. With over 15 years’ experience in state and local government, healthcare education, and public relations she has led various public health initiatives in both Georgia and Florida.
As the director of telehealth, Suleima manages a $2.4 million budget and is responsible for setting strategic goals to increase access and bring health equity to underserved areas of the state through collaboration with Georgia’s 159 county health departments. Suleima works daily with state and federal agencies, health systems, county health departments, private providers, public schools, colleges/universities, and non-profits to develop and implement telemedicine programs across Georgia.
In 2009, Ms. Salgado moved to Georgia to serve as the Director of Communications & Health Promotions/Risk Communicator for the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments where she was the spokesperson for the district and was involved in several health response events such as the H1N1 pandemic, multiple infectious disease outbreaks, vaccine shortages, mosquito-borne illnesses, and various interagency and multi-jurisdictional incidents and disasters.
Mrs. Salgado holds a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern University in Florida. Suleima also serves her community as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, is a member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is on the Medical Reserve Corp- GEM response team, is an active Duncan Creek Elementary PTA member and also serves as a board member for MentorEvolution and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.