April 8, 2009
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)
Tamara J. Kicera
Tamara J. Kicera,
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities
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:
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
- assistant chief
and subsequently acting chief, Surveillance and
Information Systems Branch, Division of STD/HIV
Prevention with CDCís National Center for Prevention
- a regional
representative with the Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry, Region VIII/Denver.
spent over 26 years in public health and brings a wealth
of knowledge and experience to this position.