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No. 1, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS

Celebrating Ann Tyree’s Contributions to Public Health in Texas (1945-2013)


Do you know anyone able to-

  • Cite the Texas Health and Safety Code regarding a notifiable condition?
  • Quote a standard delegation order related to TB prevention and control measures in Texas?
  • Answer an Institutional Review Board (IRB) related question?
  • Name a genotype cluster of Mycobacterium tuberculosis related to an outbreak?

Ann Tyree’s As her colleagues can attest, that would be Ms. Ann Tyree. Sadly, Ann passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2013, at the age of 67.

For more than 20 years, Ann worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and made substantial contributions to the field of TB care and prevention.

As a Program Specialist, she was responsible for assessing the quality of TB services implemented by the 55 local health departments in Texas. Ann served as the focal point for Texas’ TB Program Evaluation Network and was an active participant in several state and national workgroups for program evaluation.Ann was an effective mentor for the University of Texas’ Disease Detective Program. As such, she shared her passion for translating public health in action with several college students, encouraging their pursuit of a career in public health.

She was also an active member of DSHS Outbreak Response Team. She served as the state’s “resident expert” for complex TB contact investigations and TB outbreak detection, investigation, and response.

As a curious learner, Ann took an acute interest in TB genotyping. She bridged a gap while the Texas genotype coordinator position was vacant.

Her excellent writing, editing, presentation, and communication skills were evident in many tasks and responsibilities. A few examples include the preparation of annual reports, her annual drafting of the cooperative agreements, and the development of policy and procedure documents for legislative or administrative purposes.

She would always go over and beyond her call of duty graciously without ever complaining and will always be remembered as one of the most responsible, dependable, trustworthy, and reliable employees at the Texas Department of State Health. Her professionalism and genuinely giving nature are qualities for us all to embrace and emulate. She will be remembered very dearly and her legacy will surely continue for future TB control efforts in Texas.

—Submitted by Smita Ghosh, MS, Div of TB Elimination, and
Charles Wallace, PhD, Texas Dept. of State Health Services

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