TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2007
Peter Cegielski, MD, of DTBE’s International Research
and Programs Branch received the 2007 Brachman Award on April 19,
2007, at the 56th Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference
for excellence in teaching epidemiology to EIS Officers. Peter was
selected to receive this award by the EIS Class of 2005, which just
completed its 2-year training. Peter was the co-recipient of this
year's award along with Dr. Joshua Mott of the National Center for
Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Congratulations, Peter!
Al Forbes is returning to DTBE in Atlanta in June as a TB
Program Consultant. He has been serving in the Miami, Florida, public
health advisor position since September 18, 2005. Al began his CDC
career in 1993 as a public health associate with the New York City
(NYC) Department of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis Control. His assignment
to NYC provided him with a broad understanding of public health
and knowledge about programmatic issues and clinical services. In
1997, he was promoted and transferred to the New Jersey Department
of Health and Senior Services Tuberculosis Program, where he served
as the assistant to the senior public health advisor. While there,
he provided consultation and technical assistance in program planning,
coordination, operations, training, administration, and evaluation.
In 1999, Al was selected as the assistant project manager for the
Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS). In this position
he provided technical assistance and training to TIMS users nationwide.
He worked closely with the Surveillance Branch regarding the interface
of TB surveillance data and with the Field Services and Evaluation
Branch (FSEB) program consultants regarding resource needs and management
problems. In 2001, he became a program consultant and assumed the
duties of overseeing DTBE’s COAG activities and providing
guidance and consultation to the Mid-Atlantic region. Welcome back,
Judy Gibson, BSN, MSN, Nurse Consultant, Field Services
and Evaluation Branch, DTBE, was a recipient of the Chief Nurse
Officer Award. Please see the related article in this issue.
Regina Gore is being reassigned to DTBE in Atlanta as a
TB program consultant in May. Since January 2003, she has been the
special projects coordinator for the TB Control Program in Frankfort,
Kentucky. Regina started her CDC career in 1989 as a public health
associate assigned to the Fulton County Sexually Transmitted Disease
(STD) control program in Atlanta, Georgia. She also held STD positions
in Tampa, Florida, from June 1990 until January 1992, when she was
promoted to a first-line supervisor position in Kansas City, Missouri.
After resigning from CDC in 1994, she moved to Miami, Florida, where
she became the program coordinator for a mobile HIV testing team.
In September 1998, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, and became
a research interviewer for Emory University, providing STD services
for clients enrolled in a program called Project Prevent, which
provided assistance for expectant mothers with substance abuse problems.
She was rehired by CDC/DTBE in January 2000 and was assigned to
the Palm Beach County, Delray Beach Health Department, TB Program
from 2000 to 2003. Her duties in Delray Beach included providing
DOT and DOPT therapy, presenting cases in chart review with the
regional consultant, and conducting contact investigations and case
Darryl Hardge has been selected for the senior public health
advisor position for the state of Pennsylvania. His official start
date in Harrisburg was March 19, 2007. Darryl most recently served
as the Program Director for the Washington, DC, TB Control Program.
During his tenure there, Darryl made significant progress in strengthening
and modernizing the TB control program through the recruitment of
key staff and by planning and coordinating the renovations for a
new, state-of-the-art TB clinic, to open in 2007. In addition, he
completed a temporary duty assignment assisting the Louisiana TB
program with recovery efforts from hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
Darryl came to work for CDC in May 1991 as a public health associate
in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, and
was assigned to the Division's Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS)
training center in Decatur, Georgia. In 1992 Darryl was reassigned
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a DIS working in high-morbidity areas.
From January until February 1996, he had a temporary duty assignment
in Baltimore, assisting the STD program with an outbreak of syphilis
and HIV. In 1996 Darryl became a lead worker in Milwaukee, supervising
six DIS staff. In October 1997, he joined DTBE and was assigned
with promotion to the state of Louisiana TB program. In November
1998, Darryl assumed a number of the senior PHA duties on an interim
basis for the Louisiana TB Program and received a promotion for
these efforts. In May 1999, he was assigned to the Baltimore TB
program as the program manager. During this assignment, Darryl led
the program through two large and complex TB outbreaks. During his
tenure in Baltimore, Darryl participated on a temporary duty assignment
in Washington, DC, helping with CDC's effort to respond to the anthrax
attacks. In 2002, Darryl took a position as a Program Consultant
with DTBE at CDC headquarters and was responsible for providing
consultation and assistance to TB control programs in Missouri,
Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
FSEB thanks Darryl for an excellent duty assignment in Washington,
DC, and congratulates him on his new assignment to Pennsylvania.
Ken Johnson, formerly a DTBE public health advisor (PHA),
left the division and joined CDC’s Division of Global Public
Health & Capacity Development In March 2007. Ken began working
with CDC in 1990 as a PHA with the Division of Sexually Transmitted
Disease in Chicago, Illinois, working with the Chicago Department
of Health and then working with the North Carolina State Department
of Health. Subsequently he transitioned to and began working with
the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination in New York City and the
Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. He has worked at
various levels in public health management, including his most recent
position as the TB Program Coordinator in Fulton County, Georgia.
While working in DTBE, he was also deployed to various locations
for temporary duty assignments including Brazil, New Orleans after
Hurricane Katrina, and most recently Mississippi.
Heather R. Morrow-Almeida, MPH, completed her assignment
with DTBE on April 13, 2007. This was her first assignment as a
Public Health Prevention Service Fellow. While in DTBE’s Field
Services and Evaluation Branch, she worked on several projects,
focusing primarily on evaluation with the Program Evaluation team.
She collaborated with members of the Program Evaluation team and
the Surveillance team (SEOIB) on the development and pilot testing
of the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP), a monitoring
tool consisting of indicator reports that match national TB program
objectives. This tool will help TB control programs monitor their
progress in meeting the national objectives for TB and will inform
future directions for program evaluation. She also worked on several
documents that complement the evaluation toolkit materials developed
by the Program Evaluation team for state partners. These documents
include profiles of TB indicators focused on TB program priorities,
and a model evaluation plan to be refined into a case study.
Heather’s next assignment is with the Associate Director
for Science in the National Center for Environmental Health. She
will be working on advancements in the field of health and the built
environment. Heather truly enjoyed her time working in DTBE, and
leaves with tremendous respect for the hardworking and dedicated
individuals she met in the division. She is secretly plotting her
return to the division, and hopes it won’t take long.
Charles Wells, MD, Chief of DTBE’s International Research
and Programs Branch (IRPB), is leaving CDC for a research position
in private industry. Charles obtained his medical degree from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, completed his postgraduate
training at Emory University School of Medicine, and is board certified
in internal medicine and infectious diseases. From 1995 until 1997
he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in DTBE's
then-named International Activity, where he helped define the epidemiology
of TB in foreign-born persons and identify risk factors associated
with active TB in recent immigrants and refugees. He then completed
an infectious disease fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine
in Atlanta, Georgia (1997-1998). After completing the fellowship,
he held the position of Associate Director, Medical Affairs with
PathoGenesis Corporation in Seattle (1998-1999). In this role, he
led clinical research activities, specifically being responsible
for the design and medical monitoring of phase 1, 2, and 3 novel
anti-TB drugs. In November 1999 he was again recruited to join DTBE's
International Activity, this time as a Medical Epidemiologist. In
that position, Charles served as the project officer in the development
and implementation of a model center for multidrug-resistant (MDR)
TB treatment in Latvia, and was instrumental in implementing operations
research activities in Russia and Peru. In 2000, Charles was selected
as the Chief of the branch to replace Dr. Nancy Binkin, who was
retiring. As Chief, Charles leads a branch of medical epidemiologists,
public health advisors, fellows, research nurses, and administrative
support staff in Atlanta, Botswana, Brazil, India, Paris, and Thailand,
with a current total of 78 in the branch. He has supervised projects
in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Mexico,
Peru, El Salvador, Brazil, Guyana, Haiti, South Africa, Botswana,
Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam,
and Philippines. In this coordinating role, Charles was responsible
for developing and maintaining crucial political and financial relationships
with global partners, donors, and individual countries.
In addition to leading the unit in providing technical assistance
and supportive research for TB control in more than 20 countries,
Charles has also served on several important international committees.
From September 2000 to January 2005, he served as the CDC alternate
for the World Health Organization (WHO) Green Light Committee (GLC).
The GLC is a 6-member panel drawn from leading international technical
agencies coordinated by WHO to facilitate access by resource-limited
countries to lower-priced second-line drugs for treatment of MDR
TB. The GLC serves as a protective mechanism to prevent development
of widespread resistance to second-line drugs for TB treatment.
From January 2001 to 2007, he served as a board member of the TB
Coalition for Technical Assistance (TBCTA). The coalition coordinates
USAID resources totaling $150 million for provision of technical
assistance to developing countries with a high TB burden. Also,
from June 2004 to 2007, Charles was a member of the U.S. government
interagency TB/HIV technical working group for PEPFAR. This group
provides technical support and input to the Office of the Global
AIDS Coordinator related to the screening, diagnosis, treatment,
and management of HIV-associated TB within the framework of the
PEPFAR initiative. In addition to his accomplishments as a scientist,
Charles embodies the caring, dedicated, and visionary spirit that
sets our division apart from others and which enables him every
year to recruit outstanding new EIS officers and permanent staff
to the division in pursuit of global TB elimination. We wish Charles
all the best in his new position, and will miss his dynamic leadership.