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No. 3, 2008

Nurses’ State and National Partnership Celebration

On May 12, 2008, the Georgia Division of Public Health (GaDPH) and CDC jointly commemorated National Nurses’ Week by hosting a tea for nurses. This was the second annual partnership celebration between the two agencies, attended by 70 nurses from Georgia and CDC. “Making a Difference” was the theme of the tea, held at the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center at the CDC Clifton Road Campus in Atlanta.

The attendees were welcomed by Pat Drehobl (Associate Director, Program Planning and Development, Office of Workforce and Career Development [OWCD]) and Carole Jakeway (Chief Nurse, GaDPH). The welcome was followed by an informative discussion of the Public Health Nursing Population Health Template conducted by Diana Gaskins (GaDPH, Public Health State Office [PHSO] Nurse Consultant, Immunization Section, retired), and Judy Gibson (Nurse Consultant, DTBE). An inspiring keynote address, “Public Health Nursing Leadership Makes a Difference,” was given by Mary Pat Couig, MPH, RN, FAAN, Rear Admiral, US Public Health Service (retired). Admiral Couig currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing. Meshell McCloud presented Georgia Nursing Excellence Awards to Ann Poole, RN (Public Health State Office TB Nurse Consultant) and Pat Brannen, RN (Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Southeast Health Unit).

Refreshments and networking opportunities abounded. An added bonus included the opportunity to tour the Global Health Odyssey. For many non-CDC employees, this was a first and was much appreciated. All are looking forward to the third annual nurses’ tea next year.

—Submitted by Kathy Kolaski, RN, Nurse Consultant
Georgia TB Program, and
Judy Gibson, RN, Nurse Consultant
Div of TB Elimination


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