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No. 3, 2009


Farewell to a Longtime Colleague

tbChris Hayden retired at the end of August 2009.

Chris Hayden, who served from 1996 to 1999 as chief of DTBE’s Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB), retired at the end of August, following a 41-year career in TB control.

Chris graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 and in the same year began his career with CDC as a Public Health Advisor assigned to the Venereal Disease Control program in New York City.  After 3 years he joined the Division of Tuberculosis Control (DTBE), and from 1968 to 1983, he had three field assignments working with the health department TB programs in Pennsylvania, New York State, and Los Angeles County. 

He then came to DTBE headquarters in Atlanta and served for 3 years as a Program Consultant for 12 state and major city health department TB programs, followed by 3 years as the Deputy Chief of the Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigations Branch, and then 7 years as the Chief of the Program Support Section.  In 1996, Chris was named Chief of the newly formed Communications and Education Branch, which is responsible for communications, training, education, and information dissemination activities of DTBE; behavioral studies activities have since been added.

In January 1999, Chris retired from federal service after a 33-year career with CDC.  He then moved to New Jersey and was hired by the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) Global Tuberculosis Institute, where he has spent the last 10 years. Now, however, the NJMS Global TB Institute has also bid a fond farewell to Chris -- he has finally retired for good.

At GTBI, Chris’s vast TB experiences, passion, and attention to detail were all put to good use on a number of projects. When he first came to GTBI, he focused on targeted testing strategies, working on educational products that included Identifying Missed Opportunities for Preventing Tuberculosis, and Facility TB Profile: Working with Community Health Agencies to Strengthen LTBI Activities

After GTBI became a Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center (RTMCC) in 2005, Chris’s focus changed to include RTMCC activities.  He was a key member of the team building the Medical Consultation Network through developing standardized data collection instruments, and medical consultation protocols for GTBI’s Medical Consultation Infoline. He also coordinated three very successful, well attended Medial Consultant Meetings at GTBI, and opened each one with an original poem written for the occasion.

Chris also brought his literary gift to the GTBI newsletter, the Northeastern Spotlight, where his alliterative articles on GTBI activities and careful planning of content led to an informative and entertaining quarterly missive. After more than 40 years in public health, Chris will be sorely missed at GTBI and by all his friends in the TB community. We thank him for his many years of hard work and dedication and wish him well as he and his wife Carole enjoy their well-deserved retirement.

—From Eileen Napolitano, Global TB Institute, and
Ann Lanner, Div of TB Elimination


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