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TB Notes 1, 2007
Director's Letter
Highlights from State and Local Programs
  Maine’s Contact Investigation Course for Public Health Nurses: A Model for Regional Collaboration
  Washington State TB Program Hosts Regional Meeting
  Midwest TB Controllers Meeting
World TB Day “TB Awareness Walk”
TB Program Evaluation Toolkit Shared with Evaluators
Public Health Information Network Conference, September 2006
QuantiFERON-TB Gold Education: Responding to the National Need
TB Education and Training Network Updates
  TBETN Member Highlight
International Research and Programs Branch Update
  Oral Presentation at the 2007 IUATLD North America Region Conference
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch Updates
  Release of 2005 TB Surveillance Report
  Update on Research Priorities of the TBESC
New CDC Publications
Personnel Notes
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 1, 2007

Personnel Notes

Adeyelu Asekun, MHCAD, has joined the division for a 3-month detail. She was born in Washington, DC; soon after her birth, her family relocated to Nigeria, where Adeyelu spent most of her childhood and adolescence. In 1995, she returned to the United States to further her education. She enrolled in the University of Maryland, College Park, and received a bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology. After graduation, she worked as a research associate for a biotechnology company in Rockville, Maryland. While working there, she decided to pursue a masters degree in health care administration, subsequently receiving that degree in May 2005 from the University of Maryland, University College. Wanting to combine her educational experience and her work experience, she entered the field of public health. In July 2006, Adeyelu joined the Emerging Leaders Program as a Public Health Advisor and is currently completing a rotation in DTBE, where she will be working with the Program Assessment Rating Tool, part of an OMB evaluation process. Adeyelu enjoys reading, dancing, singing (though she has been told not to quit her day job), and traveling.

Choicey Allen, an Office Automation clerk, recently began working in the DTBE Office of the Director. She is organizationally a part of CDC’s Management Analysis and Services Office (MASO), and is currently assigned to provide a variety of administrative support services to DTBE staff. One of the critical duties she is assuming is that of official timekeeper for NCHHSTP field staff. A native of Conyers, Georgia, she joined CDC in November 2006 from private industry. She served most recently as President and CEO of ALLENMAXI Investments, Inc., and prior to that was owner/manager of another retail business. She looks forward to a successful partnership with DTBE. We welcome Choicey and are happy to have her in the division!

Shannon Horn recently joined DTBE as a Surveillance Research Fellow in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB). She is a first-year graduate student in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University with a concentration in epidemiology. Shannon recently moved to Atlanta from her home state of Colorado, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is excited about the opportunity to learn about TB and epidemiology through her work with the Surveillance Team.

Catheryn Jumao-as Salibay, MPH, has joined DTBE in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB). Catheryn is currently an Emory work study student on the Surveillance Team working on her thesis project of TB among Filipinos living in the United States. Catheryn was born in Cebu, Philippines, but has spent the majority of her life in Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is currently a second year MPH epidemiology student at the Rollins School of Public Health. This past summer, she was an intern for the tuberculosis branch of Tropical Disease Foundation, Inc., an organization established in the Philippines to control and prevent the spread of infectious disease. With her continual interest and growing experience in minority issues and infectious disease, Catheryn plans to embark on a career in infectious disease prevention and research in minority populations on a national and hopefully, international level.

Lisa Nelson, MD, MPH, MSc, left DTBE in September 2006 to become director of CDC’s Global AIDS Program in Mozambique. Lisa joined DTBE in 2001 as a first-year EIS Officer in the International Research and Programs Branch (then the International Activity Branch). Lisa completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, and received her MD degree from the University of California at San Francisco. During medical school, she completed a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in health sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. She also worked on a CDC-sponsored study of smear-negative TB in Botswana during medical school. She began her EIS activities in IRPB working on TB/HIV-related projects with Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, who was DTBE’s field assignee in Botswana. During her tenure in DTBE, which included serving as the chief of the TB/HIV Team in IRPB, she made significant contributions to a variety of initiatives, including childhood TB studies, TB/HIV surveillance projects, and PEPFAR activities. In addition, she has published a number of important papers and presented at many international, national, and local conferences and meetings on TB prevention and control activities.

Imani Smith recently joined DTBE as an Office Automation Clerk. She is organizationally a part of CDC’s Management Analysis and Services Office (MASO), and is currently assigned to provide a variety of administrative support services to DTBE staff. Imani was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. For 2 years she was employed at the VA Medical Center in Topeka, where she worked in service/support positions. She resigned from the VA Medical Center and in 1998 moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta she attended Griffin Technical College, obtaining a degree in Office Administration in October 2004. While attending Griffin Technical College, she was employed with UPS Supply Chain Solution, where she served in a variety of administrative positions and provided auditing services. She joined CDC in December 2006. Imani looks forward to having a successful year with DTBE, and we welcome her to the division!

Kelly Stinson, MPH, has joined DTBE's International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB) as a Senior Service Fellow. Kelly had been in DTBE as an ORISE fellow since 2004.  During the past 3 years in DTBE, she has been involved in a variety of projects.  She is the current TB/HIV technical lead for South Africa, where she supervises all DTBE TB/HIV projects occurring in-country as well as TB/HIV project staff. She is the project officer for the development of TB/HIV surveillance training materials for use in countries with high TB and HIV burdens.  She has also served as an instructor for TB/HIV operations research courses in Latvia, Malawi, El Salvador, and Argentina.  She has provided technical assistance on TB/HIV integration to CDC’s Global AIDS Program offices in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Central America. Kelly is also the CDC principal investigator for several projects related to TB/HIV surveillance, and is a member of the WHO Electronic Recording and Reporting Workgroup and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator TB/HIV Working Group.

Erika Vitek, MD, left DTBE’s International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB) and relocated to Russia with her family at the end of 2006. She received her MD degree from the First Moscow Medical Academy in 1989 and worked as an epidemiologist in the Russian Diphtheria Unit in Moscow. She also worked as a trainer for CDC epidemiology courses for visiting epidemiologists from the former Soviet Union. In 2000 she joined the Communications and Education Branch of DTBE, where she assisted in the development of training materials for field activities in Russia. She then joined IRPB in November 2001 as a Senior Service Fellow. In IRPB, Erika worked on TB prevention and control efforts in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe, with a focus on multidrug-resistant TB. She was involved in diverse activities such as developing protocols, technical papers, and scientific manuscripts; translating technical materials between Russian and English; and conducting monitoring missions to field sites to evaluate progress in programmatic activities.

Ryan Wallace, MPH, an ORISE Fellow, recently began working with the DTBE Surveillance Team. Ryan grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and received his B.S. degree from the University of Madison at Wisconsin in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.  While studying at the University of Wisconsin, Ryan was employed as the Refugee Health Database Manager at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, where he was first introduced to epidemiology through the Wisconsin Tuberculosis Control Program.  After receiving his B.S. degree, Ryan went on to get his master’s degree in public health from Emory University, with a focus on epidemiology. Ryan had previously served as a fellow with the International Research and Programs Branch beginning in August 2005, which led to his master’s thesis, “Trends in Appalachian Tuberculosis - United States, 1993–2005.”


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