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Day in the Life

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Capt. Deborah Levy
Date Featured: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Los Angeles born, Tokyo raised, and public health preparedness dedicated! Capt. Deborah Levy, a decorated Commissioned Corps officer, started at CDC in 1996 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and later transitioned into a preparedness role, helping to develop the Healthcare Preparedness Activity program at the agency. Capt. Levy remains dedicated to public health preparedness as the Acting Director of the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response (PHPR) and graciously answers our questions.

Captain Deborah Levy

What time did you wake up? What woke you up?

I woke up at 7 a.m. with an alarm clock. I am very much a night owl, not an early bird.

Who did you see or call?

I met lots of people, PHPR senior leadership, several PHPR division directors, because we had a general leadership meeting.

Where did you spend your day?

On the Roybal campus in Atlanta, Ga.

Which partners will you be reaching out to soon, based on something you learned today?

CDC’s representation on the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services led by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has just been transferred from the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) to PHPR, and I’m going to be the representative.

How did you work exercise into your day today?

Multiple times running up and down between floors 5, 6 and 7 in the office. This division has staff on the 5th floor and I often times end up meeting with the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR), and Dr. Khan and leadership on the 6th floor and the rest of us are here on the 7th floor. Up and down, up and down: 5, 6, 7 - 5, 6, 7.

What are you reading?

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink. This is an in-depth research on the story of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in uptown New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

What partners did you connect with today?

Colleagues at Department of Human and Health Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR): Some folks from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), also some folks at the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and then some of the colleagues in the Division of Health Systems Policy (DHSP).

What was the best part of the day?

The best was when I showcased the excellent work that our division does, which I was able to do twice with Carol Pertowski, the Senior Advisor for medical countermeasures in PHPR, and the second time for Joanne Andreadis , the Senior Advisor for laboratory preparedness also in PHPR. Just being able to talk to them about some of the work that’s going on here was very rewarding.

How will you close out your day today?

Actually, watching the Olympics. Even though the opening ceremony is on Friday, they started the competition today. I’ve never seen that before.