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November 30, 2023

Charlotte, NC – The Board of Bishops of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion (A.M.E. Zion) Church proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Iyabode F. Akinsanya-Beysolow, a distinguished medical professional as the Director of Health Ministry for The A.M.E. Zion Church. Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow brings a wealth of expertise and a commitment to public health to her new role, having previously served as a National Expert Medical Officer for the Centers for Disease Control.

During her tenure consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from June 2008 to 2014, Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow demonstrated exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field of public health. Additionally, with a proven track record in infectious diseases research and containment strategies, Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow played a pivotal role in developing comprehensive public health interventions during the COVID-19 Pandemic, showcasing a deep understanding of epidemiology and effective disease control measures. Her expertise has been instrumental in shaping national health policies and strategies, making her a valuable addition to The A.M.E. Zion Church's Health Ministry.

In addition to her national service, Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow directed the health suite for the 2008 and 2021 General Conferences of The A.M.E. Zion Church. Notably, Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church hosted these conferences, showcasing her ability to coordinate and manage health-related initiatives on a large scale within the church culture.

Her dedication to global health is evident in her leadership of four Intercontinental Health teams to Monrovia, Liberia, during her membership at Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow also led the Central Southern Africa Episcopal District of The A.M.E. Zion Church on a health missions team to Cuanza Norte Province, Angola, in 2019.

Looking ahead, Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow will lead a missions trip for the Alabama-Florida Episcopal District in June 2024 to Rwanda, Central Africa. Her commitment to serving communities globally reflects the values of The A.M.E. Zion Church and reinforces the organization's dedication to improving the health and well-being of people around the world.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Akinsanya-Beysolow served as an Urgent Care Pediatrician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she demonstrated a passion for providing quality healthcare to children in urgent situations.

The Board of Bishops expresses its confidence that Dr. Iyabode F. Akinsanya-Beysolow's extensive experience and unwavering commitment to public health will significantly contribute to the growth and impact of The A.M.E. Zion Church's Health Ministry.


About The A.M.E. Zion Church and the Director of Health Ministry position: The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is a historically African-American Christian denomination that has played a crucial role in advancing social justice, education, spiritual development, and community empowerment. The Director of Health Ministry will oversee the operations of the Public Health Director’s Office to meet public health service requirements and needs of The A.M.E. Zion Church and to improve the overall well-being of The A.M.E. Zion Church constituents and community. The Health Ministry within the church focuses on promoting physical, mental, and spiritual well-being among its members and the communities it serves.

Dr. Iyabode F. Akinsanya-Beysolow, CDC, Public Health, Pediatrician, Director of Health Ministry


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