This introductory session provided the Science Ambassadors with an overview of the work done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). The presentation highlighted multiple projects throughout the center, including autism monitoring, hereditary blood disorders, and birth defects surveillance systems.
Adam Brush, MSW, MPH
Adam Brush, along with his wife and child, moved to Atlanta to pursue a career at CDC in August 2003. Adam is a Presidential Management Fellow, and he works with the Policy, Planning, and Evaluation Team at NCBDDD. As an undergraduate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Adam majored in psychology. During his undergraduate program, Adam took a year away from formal studies to live and work in a Washington, D.C., community with adults with cognitive challenges. Before graduate school, Adam worked for 2 years at an AIDS service organization as a rural outreach worker where he led community education and testing efforts in area that until then had been largely ignored. In graduate school, Adam participated in a coordinated Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health program through the University of Alabama School of Social Work and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Adam’s graduate work focused on developing public health social work practice, maternal and child health, and policy and program administration. His field work included a rotation in hospice and another at a multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic for children with developmental challenges.
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