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April 8, 2009
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About Tamara J. Kicera

Tamara J. Kicera, Deputy Director
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)
Tamara J. Kicera

Professional Profile

Tamara J. Kicera joined CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) as Deputy Director where she assumed a position on OMHD's Senior Leadership Team responsible for providing executive-level management, programmatic, and operational leadership and guidance for the Office.

Ms. Kicera began her public health career in 1980 as the Refugee Health Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Health, and joined CDC in 1984 as a Public Health Advisor assigned to the Chicago Immunization Program.  She has held progressively responsible senior management positions with a number of CDC programs since that time.
In 1993, Tami completed the Management/Leadership Development Internship Program in CDC's Office of the Associate Director for Science.  She holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado/Boulder in Communications and Sociology.
Tami comes to OMHD from Denver where she was CDC's Senior Management Official for Colorado since November 2006.  Prior to that assignment, she worked with the Director's Office, providing coordination for CDC's participation in Secretary Leavitt's state pandemic influenza summits held across the country.
She has also served as:
  • project coordinator for CDC's Racial and Ethnic Adult Disparities in Immunization Initiative (READII), which looked at disparities in influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates among black and Hispanic persons aged 65 and over;
  • deputy division director for the Division of Reproductive Health at CDCís National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion;
  • deputy director for the CDC Health Alert Network;
  • deputy director of the Immunization Services Division with CDC's National Immunization Program;
  • deputy chief, Adult Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, Immunization Services Division, National Immunization Program;
  • assistant chief and subsequently acting chief, Surveillance and Information Systems Branch, Division of STD/HIV Prevention with CDCís National Center for Prevention Services; and
  • a regional representative with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Region VIII/Denver.

Tami has spent over 26 years in public health and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. 

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