An American physician as well as a public-health researcher is named for Amy Acton (M.D., M.P.H.). She is currently serving the director of the Ohio Department of Health from 2019-2020. She became known for her leading role in Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 11th June 2020, she resigned from her position and became a chief health advisor for DeWine’s administration. She was succeeded by Lance Himes as an interim director. She was an advocate of postponing the 2020 Ohio Democratic presidential primary, which was slated for 17th March 2020. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, has been selected as The Columbus Foundation’s 2020 recipient of The Spirit of Columbus Award.
Dr. Amy Acton resigns amid the backlash against Ohio’s lockdown
Dr. Amy Acton, the health director who helped Ohio’s Republican governor earn glowing reviews for his pandemic response, has resigned after facing an intense backlash over her role in the state’s lockdown measures. She has been a high-profile figure in Ohio’s early and aggressive fight against the coronavirus, transcending the confines of the laboratory to appear daily on television screens during Governor Mike DeWine’s updates and issuing his administration’s health orders. “It’s true not all heroes wear capes,” DeWine said at the news briefing at which he made the announcement. “Some of them do, in fact, wear a white coat, and this particular hero’s white coat is embossed with the name Dr. Amy Acton.” She won widespread praise for her steady and detailed assessments of the pandemic, she also faced harsh and sometimes ugly pushback for her orders that contributed to the closing of businesses and kept people home for weeks. That backlash included lawsuits, a legislative effort to strip her of authority, and protests outside her suburban Columbus home that included some people carrying guns. Lance Himes, who already served as interim health director and is currently the department’s general counsel, will step back into the role until Acton’s permanent replacement is named, DeWine said.
- Being a physician as well as a public-health researcher.
- For her leading role in Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is the birthplace of Amy Acton?
Amy Acton was born in the year 1965/1966 to her parents in Youngstown, Ohio, the USA. Her real name/birth name is Amy Leigh Stearns. Her nationality is American and her ethnicity is White. Her race is White. As of 2020, she celebrated her 54th/55th birthday. Her parents met each other at a heater party for YSU and got pregnant unexpectedly. Her mother was an artist and being pregnant with Amy her father talked her into married. But they divorced when she was only three. After that, her mom got custody of the kids. Regarding her siblings, she has a brother who is currently living in Colorado. As per her education, she attended Youngstown State University and earned a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1990, working to pay her way through college. She completed her residency in pediatrics and preventive medicine. She earned a master’s in public health from Ohio State University. She completed her residencies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her religion is Jewish.
How was the career of Amy Acton?
- Amy Acton taught at Ohio State University as an associate professor of public health and also she worked at the Columbus Foundation as a grants manager,
- She was director of Project LOVE (Love Our kids, Vaccinate Early).
- She served as a volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign by creating an email group on my.BarackObama.com called “Bexley, Yes We Can!” and publicized campaign events using Facebook in 2008.
- In February of 2019, Ohio governor Mike DeWine made her his final cabinet pick as director of the Department of Health.
- The search process was lengthy, as DeWine had been determined to have the right person in charge in a crisis.
- The two previous incumbents were a lawyer and a marketing director; DeWine mentioned wanting to “rethink how we approach this department”.
- She resigned from her position and became a chief health advisor for DeWine’s administration on 11th June 2020.
- She was succeeded by Lance Himes as an interim director.
Coronavirus pandemic in Ohio
- In the year 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic, she advised Governor Mike DeWine, who became the first U.S. governor to close schools and limit gatherings to no more than 100 people, despite that Ohio, at the time, had only three confirmed cases.
- She soon after estimated that Ohio’s then 5 confirmed cases likely translated to 100,000 actual cases, making national news.
- On March 12, she predicted the 2019 coronavirus pandemic that “This will be the thing this generation remembers.”
- She was an advocate of postponing the 2020 Ohio Democratic presidential primary, which was slated for 17th March 2020.
- In April 2020, CNN called her “the Buckeye state’s version of the straight-talking Dr. Anthony Fauci”.
- During the first 3 months of the Coronavirus pandemic, she was sued by music festival organizers, gym owners, amusement parks, bridal shops, and restaurants, among others.
- On 20th May 2020 in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of 35 gyms, Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci enjoined Acton from enforcing punitive actions against the plaintiffs and similar businesses, providing “they operate in compliance with all applicable safety regulations” although County, State and Federal Guidelines (CDC) had advocated for measures such as all staff and patrons to wear face masks at all times; all staff and patrons to hand wash or sanitize upon entry to facility; facilities to provide approved cleaning products for patron use; routine (every 2 hours) disinfection all surfaces, locker rooms and bathrooms; deep cleaning daily; and limiting capacity and spacing equipment to allow for the social distancing of 6 feet to be maintained at all times.
- On 20th May 2020 the Ohio Senate unanimously voted against a House proposal intended to limit the executive power of Governor Mike DeWine and health director Dr. Acton.
Who is Amy Acton married to?
Talking about her personal life, she is a married woman. She married Eric Acton, a middle-school teacher and track coach in the year 2010. The couple lives in Bexley and has between them, six children. At present, the duo is enjoying life without any disturbances. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Regarding her previous affairs, she was married to Douglas Beech. The duo was blessed with three children.
How much is Amy Acton’s earnings?
Amy Acton is an American physician and public-health researcher. She is the highest-paid member of Governor DeWine’s Cabinet who earns a basic salary of $230,000 a year. Without a doubt, her net worth will be surely in millions. Her major source of earning is from the health sector. She is living a luxurious lifestyle from her earnings.
How tall is Amy Acton?
Amy Acton is a very beautiful woman with a charming smile and a glowing face attracting a lot of people towards her. She has got a fair height matching with her body weight. She has got balanced body measurements with slim body build. Overall, she has got a healthy body.