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No. 4, 2009


PHA Detail to China

This fall, Bryan Kim, a Public Health Advisor in DTBE’s International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB), served a 30-day detail to the CDC office in Beijing, China, to provide back-up for the Deputy Director of the CDC Global AIDS Program in China while he was on leave.  He also assisted with the administrative issues and tasks required to set up the new DTBE/ International Emerging Infections Program (IEIP) epidemiologist who will be working in China.

During the detail, Bryan had the opportunity to serve as the principal management officer for the US CDC in China, with senior representational and service functions to the US Embassy and other bilateral and multilateral partners, as well as to senior officials in the government of China. In this role as CDC/China overseas business officer, Bryan provided management, business, and administrative support to the 13 CDC programs operating in China. These CDC programs having staff in China include the Global AIDS Program, the Field Epidemiology Training Program, the Influenza Division, the International Emerging Infections Program, the National Center for Health Marketing, the Global Immunization Program, and the Birth Defects Program.

A new DTBE/IEIP epidemiologist, Dr. Carol Rao, was recently hired for China.  As part of his duties, Bryan worked out a number of administrative issues to assist getting Dr. Rao on board in China.  Dr. Rao will be working on various TB issues in China, including projects related to infection control, laboratory strengthening, and TB/HIV.

Bryan also worked on balancing the budget for the various programs in the CDC office in China.  He was responsible for implementing end-of-year contracts, as well as procuring equipment and other supplies for the office.  He also conducted interviews and hired local staff for the office.  He coordinated and attended meetings with various technical and administrative partners.  In addition, he coordinated with all of the CDC programs in China to develop weekly activity reports for the US Embassy.

This very interesting opportunity helped Bryan gain a better understanding of some of the administrative and technical issues taking place in the field.  With the new DTBE/IEIP assignee on board, TB-related activities will continue to increase in China.

—Bryan Kim, MPH
Div of TB Elimination


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