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Watsonian Society

logoThe Watsonian Society was formed on October 1, 1985, as an organization to foster and continue professional and social relationships among PHAs.

The purpose of the society is to unite Public Health Advisors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and its predecessor organizations, for the following objectives:

  • Contribute to the overall public health management excellence of CDC and ATSDR.
  • Recognize, preserve, and advance among CDC and ATSDR Public Health Advisors the professional, personal, and social attributes that have distinguished the career of William C. Watson, Jr. and
  • Encourage and maintain professional esprit de corps and general camaraderie among CDC and ATSDR Public Health Advisors.

Watsonian Topics

About Watsonian

Mission, Bylaws, Officers, Committees...


Annual Banquet, World TB Awareness Walk...

Mentor Program

Goal of the Program, Purpose of a Mentor...

Public Health Advisors Project

Introduction, Analysis, ...

Community Service

Fight Polio and Vaccine-preventable Diseases, Habitat for Humanity Project...


2013 Membership Listing, Public Health Advisor List...

Join the Watsonian Society!

An Organization for Public Health Advisors...

Author's Corner

Authors Corner

Public Health Advisors have made many contributions to public health. Their story has been told in the book, Ready To Go by Beth Myerson, Fred Martich and Jerry Naehr (Fred and Jerry are both retired PHAs). PHAs have also contributed to literature, e.g., Bob Emerson, and Phillip Finley.



Join Watsonian!

In the past year, the CDC sponsored employee organization, the Watsonian Society-An Organization for Public Health Advisors, has grown to its largest enrollment in its history. There are now over 600 current and former PHAs across the U.S. (and a few in international assignments) who are currently engaged in the process of renewing and strengthening the Society.


Watsonian Newsletter

Watsonian Newsletter

Summer 2014 [12 pages]
President's Corner, Watsonian Member Spotlight, IMPACT Program, PHAP Socials, Member Updates...


The contents of the Web site or communication of employee association information through other government resources does not constitute or imply endorsement of the operations and activities of the association by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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