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The first mile and beyond: How the Task Force for Global Health addresses the greatest health needs of the world's poor

Since 1999, public health expert Dr. Mark Rosenberg has been leading the fourth-largest nonprofit in the country, The Task Force for Global Health. The Decatur-based organization started with an initial focus on raising childhood immunization rates in developing countries, and has since expanded into areas including neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. And yet, the organization, ranked by Forbes as the largest nonprofit in Georgia since 2013, is not widely known within the state. As Rosenberg prepares to retire from the organization, GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor spoke with The Task Force chief executive officer about the planning that’s gone into his transition, the reasons why the organization has stayed under the radar for much of its history, and what it took to lead an effort described as “the largest peace-time mobilization in history.”

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