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.