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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2005


Robert Bailey, MPH, a member of the Epidemiology Team of DTBE’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch has accepted a position in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention/NCHSTP as Project officer for the Business and Labor Response to AIDS Program (BRTA/LRTA) and the National HIV/AIDS Partnership - Intervention Research Support, Prevention Partnerships, Office of the Director. In the year that he has been with DTBE, Robert has been very ably assisting with project management activities in connection with the TB Epidemiology Studies Consortium.

Tracina Cropper has been selected for the Senior Public Health Advisor position at the Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing, Michigan. Tracina began her career in public health on September 23, 1991, when she joined CDC as a public health associate with the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and was assigned to the STD Disease Intervention Specialist training center in Decatur, Georgia. In October 1992, she was assigned to the Philadelphia STD program as a public health advisor/disease intervention specialist. Tracina's interest in TB control led her to leave CDC in February 1998 and join the City of Philadelphia TB control program as a Disease Surveillance Investigator/Team Leader. Tracina returned to CDC/DTBE on December 17, 2001, as the Preventive Therapy Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia TB Control program. In February 2003, Tracina participated in a TDY in Seattle, Washington, to assist in a TB outbreak among the homeless. In July and August of the same year, she was temporarily detailed to the State TB Program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On October 6, 2003, she was assigned to the Austin/Travis County Health Department, where she served as the Assistant to the Senior Public Health Advisor, and as a Program Manager in the Communicable Disease Unit at Austin/Travis County Health Department. Tracina began her new assignment in Michigan on May 3, 2005.

Anupa Deshpande, MPH, has been selected as an ASPH/CDC/ATSDR summer intern to work with DTBE on program evaluation. Anupa holds a BA from Emory University with a double major in Sociology and Spanish. She recently completed her MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, emphasizing Global Health and International Maternal and Child Health. Before starting her MPH program, Anupa worked at the American Lung Association of Washington managing TB and asthma awareness programs. She then moved to San Francisco to work as a professional bilingual Wish Grantor at the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. An Atlanta native, Anupa is delighted to be near her family for the summer. She looks forward to becoming reacquainted with the city but plans to visit the north Georgia mountains frequently.

Heather Duncan was selected as a new Program consultant at headquarters effective May 29, 2005. Heather started with CDC in September 1991 in the STD program in Long Beach, California, as a public health associate. She then transferred to New York City in January 1993 to work with the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control. During that assignment, Heather had three distinct assignments as a field PHA, front-line supervisor, and clinic manager. Leaving NYC, she transferred to Chicago in 1997 as a special projects coordinator for the Chicago Department of Public Health, TB Control Program. January 1999 took her to the warmer weather of Tallahassee, Florida, as the Senior Public Health Advisor for the Bureau of TB and Refugee Health. Heather provided technical assistance and consultation to 67 county health department TB programs; supervised the training and education section; supervised TB federal assignees; developed, implemented and evaluated statewide TB policies and guidelines and the cooperative agreement.  Beginning in 2003, she served as the Deputy Chief for the Bureau of TB and Refugee Health.

Dave Elmore of the Information Technology and Statistics Branch (ITSB) will retire effective June 3, 2005, after more than 35 years of government service (22 in the military and 14 at CDC). Dave served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He then worked as a computer scientist contractor for the Automated Sciences Group (located in Dayton, Ohio, and Albany, Georgia) before joining CDC on August 1, 1991, as a senior systems analyst in the Management Information Systems Branch of the Information Resource Management Office. Dave came to DTBE/ITSB on September 9, 2001, as the Technical Lead for TIMS, a function which over the years broadened into the Lead Information Technologist for the TIMS & NEDSS TB Program Area Module (PAM). He has made significant contributions to the adaptation of the NEDSS standards in the transition from TIMS to the forthcoming NEDSS TB PAM. Dave holds a BS degree and an MSPM (Master of Science in Personnel Management) degree from Troy State University and also was accredited as a Certified Computer Professional by the International Association of Computer Professionals. We wish him luck as he moves into the next stage of his life, which includes building his retirement home, and we will always appreciate his contributions in support of our mission.

Patrick Moonan, PhD, MPH, will be joining DTBE’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch as an Epidemiologist on the Outbreak Investigations Team. Patrick is not new to TB and has been working in TB control since 1999. He was recently the program coordinator and research epidemiologist at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center with Dr. Steve Weis and worked with the DTBE Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium. He also worked as an epidemiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Tarrant County Public Health Department. Patrick has a wide range of experience in TB, including working on various TB research projects such as QuantiFERON studies, the National TB Genotyping and Surveillance Network, and the utility of GIS in TB control. He has also investigated TB outbreaks and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. At DTBE, Patrick will be working on the universal genotyping program and helping with efforts to detect episodes of recent TB transmission and potential TB outbreaks. He will be working closely with NTCA’s genotyping workgroup and also with Dr. Jack Crawford’s team in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch. Patrick will also coordinate new strategies on how best to disseminate genotyping results to states. Dr. Moonan has a masters degree in public health and is completing his doctorate in public health from University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in June 2005. He also holds a BA degree with a concentration in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Patrick will be joining DTBE on August 8, 2005, and will be moving to Atlanta with his wife and two young children.

John Oeltmann, MS, ME, PhD, will be the new senior epidemiologist filling the position vacated by Dr. Idalia Gonzalez in the Outbreak Investigations Team, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigations Branch, DTBE. John has been working as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Outbreak Investigations Team and will be graduating in June before starting in his new position in early July 2005. He has a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education from University of South Carolina. He also has Master of Education from Vanderbilt University. John loves sports and likes to canoe and ski. We are very excited and proud in having our own EIS-officer come on board as senior epidemiologist.

Mildred Perez, MPH, has been selected for the public health advisor Special Project Coordinator position in the City of St. Louis health department, Tuberculosis (TB) Program, and started this position on May 29, 2005. Transferring from the Division of Sexually transmitted Disease Program, Mildred was assigned to the Department of Health and Hospitals in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she worked for the past 12 years, since 1993. Mildred started her career in STD as a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1990. She was initially transferred to the Washington, D.C STD Program in 1991. Along with her regular DIS duties, she worked as a community liaison and was involved in different projects including the promotion of clinical services among the Hispanic population using mass media such as radio and TV. She established a partnership with the local school board to start STD education among high school students.  Last summer she participated in a national HIV project to evaluate HIV service networks and the provision of STD services within them. She traveled to North Carolina, Missouri, and Oregon one week at the time where she teamed up with other CDC employees to interview medical providers and collect data in those areas. Mildred graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine on May 2004, where she received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Sciences.

Cornelia White, MPH, PhD, joins DTBE’s Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch as its new Behavioral Scientist. Cornelia received a BS in Psychology from Agnes Scott College, and an MPH in Behavioral Science and a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently working at CDC as a Senior Research Fellow/ Project Manager on the Community Guide to Prevention Services. In this position, Cornelia applies systematic review methodology to the study of research in the areas of STD/HIV/cervical, breast, colorectal, and skin cancer prevention.  In her dissertation work, she utilized the application of behavioral theory to study adherence among low income, minority women and the relevance of the outcomes measured to public health practice. Cornelia officially started in her new position with DTBE on May 15th.


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