Where We've Been Lately: Archives
Jay Gee, PhD, Research Biologist, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and Sureyya Hornston, PhD, MPH, Behavorial Scientist, Center for Global Health, both recently spoke at the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care. This ten day program targeted high schools tudents who have expressed a career in the sciences and medicine and was held at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The group of more than 100 students were enthused to learn more about public health and the mission of CDC.
CAPT John Iskander, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Associate Director for Science, gave a talk recently at the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons National CME Conference in Suwanee, Georgia. His presentation focused on the broader scope of CDC’s public health work and how military physicians and medical students could partner with CDC in promoting and protecting the health of the nation.
Gail Bolan, MD, Director, Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, spoke last month at the American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. ACHA is a group of more than 2500 individuals and nurses who provide care to college and university students across the US. Her presentation focused on updates to CDC recommendations for GC and Chlamydia screenings and treatment.
Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Medical Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office was invited to Fairfax County, VA to speak on social determinants of health equity to a group of more than 150 educators and government officials. Leadership from human services, schools and police within Fairfax County wanted to better understand and to address the disparities experienced particularly by African American and Latino children and families in their community.
James Lange, PhD, Health Scientist, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases interacted with a group of students touring the CDC Museum from Hartselle High School about the work he does with the agency and infectious diseases. He also engaged the students about leading scientific and medical careers within the public health field. The students were enrolled in Medical Professions, Advanced Placement Biology and Anatomy classes at the high school.
CAPT Pamela Ching, MS, ScD, RD/LD, Health Scientist, Center for Global Health spoke in May with the Griffin Rotary Club on CDC’s international activities. Because Rotary International has a longstanding partnership with CDC, WHO, and UNICEF in polio eradication efforts she also shared important information on CDC’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Lisa Koonin, MN, MPH, serves as the Senior Advisor for the Influenza Coordination Unit as well as the Lead for Pandemic Influenza Medical Care and Counter measures planning and response. Ms. Koonin recently spoke to a group of nursing students at Columbus State University. She presented on leadership and global health issues related to pandemic planning; soon after Ms. Koonin traveled to our nation’s capital to present at the Rx Response Seminar on Emergency Preparedness.
Ryan Novak, PhD, is an Epidemiologist with the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch as well as coordinator for Africa Meningitis Activities. Dr. Novak recently spoke at the Second Annual International Conference on Intelligent Solutions for Tropical and Emerging Diseases at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. His presentation was titled, “Strengthening Surveillance to Support New Vaccine Implementation and Evaluation in Resource Limited Settings” which included examples from the African meningitis belt.
LCDR Melanie Ross, MPH, CHES, is a Health Education Specialist with the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Ms. Ross recently participated in Stonewall Tell Elementary Science Extravaganza which was a fun and exciting day for students to explore science concepts. She engaged over 100 students throughout the day about achievements and careers in science in addition to demonstrating proper hand washing techniques with the Glo-Germ kit.
Dan Rutz, MPH, is a Health Communication Specialist with Division of Global HIV and AIDS. Mr. Rutz recently spoke to a group of 100 students at Georgia Gwinnett College who were studying communications and pandemics. He was asked to present on the likelihood of a pandemic sweeping the US and effective ways of communicating to the public using his experience as a former CNN reporter. He was able to engage the students in a lively discussion.