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Summary

Respected Program Director and Epidemiologist with distinguished career leading development and management of large-scale domestic and international epidemiological and surveillance programs and projects. Superlative team coordination, negotiation, and public relations strengths; easily foster and sustain productive relationships across multiple federal agencies and high-profile scientific / research organizations. Exemplary service as a Commander for U.S. Public Health Service, coordinating and supervising key initiatives to address public health issues and contain emergencies, including West Nile Virus, hurricane-related health crises, sickle cell disease, and HIV infection.


Core competencies include:

·Strategic Program Planning*Interagency Collaborations*Public and Media Relations*Community Health Education*Performance Metrics & Analysis*Public Health Response*Team Building & Leadership*Process Redesign & Change Management    *Project Management

Work History

May 2014Present

Senior Advisor for Science, Office of Noncommunicable Disease, Injury, and Environmental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• For cross-cutting scientific topics prioritized by Director or Deputy Director, develop, implement and monitor agency scientific program. • Foster continued cross-agency and interagency collaboration • Maintain situational awareness, and regular update Deputy Director with regard to status of scientific activities and issues as they arise. • Provide scientific assistance to CDC programs, connecting them to resources to support their work. • Coordinate communication with other federal agencies and partner organizations • Serve on CDC intra-agency committees • Represented CDC on HHS Interagency Committees and Working Groups • Serve as principal coordinator of agency scientific input on designated interagency projects (for example, Surgeon Report) or other requests.

Dr. Grant is currently focusing her energy on building  or expanding programs in 3 cross-cutting public health areas for CDC 1) Addressing Public Health Issues Related to Marijuana ,2) Addressing Public Health Issues Related to Alcohol, and 3)Mental Health.


Aug 2010May 2014

BRANCH CHIEF, EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SURVEILLANCE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• Directed strategy development, policy formation, and programs related to blood disorders.
• Supervised three staff teams tasked with epidemiological research, public health surveillance, and capacity building for public health programs.
• Conceptualized and develop public health projects of national and international scope; served as scientific subject matter expert, key advisor to Division Director and official Division spokesperson on all blood disorder program areas.
• Managed $14-million budget; ensured compliance with human subjects protections, publication clearance, and reporting requirements.
• Presented at national and international conferences;
• coordinated multidisciplinary workgroups, expert panels, and stakeholder meetings.
• As Project Director, worked closely with sister federal agencies on collaborative initiatives. Selected accomplishments:

  • Established first global health initiatives for hemoglobinopathies, successfully developing collaborations with Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya to improve screening and care of people with blood disorders.
  • Initiated collaboration with World Health Organization EMRO to build capacity for screening and treatment of hemoglobinopathies in 22 EMRO countries.
  • Developed and hosted first International Public Health Learning Collaborative for Hemoglobinopathies, attracting participants from 25 US states and five countries.
Jul 2004Aug 2010

TEAM LEADER / EPIDEMIOLOGIST

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advanced in 2007 based on success as Epidemiologist to lead staff of 15 scientists assigned to Epidemiology and Surveillance team within Division of Blood Disorders. Coordinated and directed nationwide epidemiological research studies of hereditary and other blood disorders; provided oversight of intramural projects and developed / reviewed new grant opportunities for external investigators. Contributed to strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of scientific phases of Division programs. Liaised effectively with world experts, public health agencies, and non-governmental organizations to optimize management of programs, systems, and strategies for surveillance of blood disorders, improve data quality, and heighten program accountability. Selected accomplishments:


  • Secured $11-million interagency agreement between NIH and CDC to establish first national surveillance system for hemoglobinopathies.
  • Spearheaded cutting-edge epidemiological research and surveillance across 7 program areas accounting for 60% of division budget.
  • Created division's first sickle cell disease (SCD) program.
  • As Epidemiologist and Principal Investigator, obtained funding through competitive intramural RFA mechanisms for proposal to conduct research in the area of genetics and preterm birth and for proposal to build laboratory capacity for integration of genetics and biomarkers into studies of preterm delivery.
  • Built collaboration with external partners including the California Department of Health to use state-based biobanks to conduct large population-based investigations of preterm delivery among multiple racial and ethnic groups.
    Jul 2002Jun 2004

    EPIDEMIC INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OFFICER

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Structured and conducted national field investigations of potentially serious public health issues. Performed comprehensive epidemiological studies; analyzed new and pre-existing public health data. Addressed public health inquires from the public, media, government officials, and health professionals; authored and submitted scientific manuscripts to MMWR and peer-reviewed journals. Selected accomplishments:

    • As Lead Investigator, conducted thorough study of HIV infection among sexually active adolescents in Georgia ultimately published in Pediatrics.
    • Performed study of infant health among Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland.
    • Evaluated National Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (NPMSS).
    Jul 2002Present

    Captain

    Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

    Coordinate and execute swift responses to rising public health emergencies. Maintain all training, fitness, and readiness standards required for active service. Selected accomplishments: • Deputy Team Leader, Regional Incident Support Team IV: Headed provision of rapid assessments and initial incident response to state, tribal, and local health authorities within defined regions of the United States. • West Nile Virus Investigation: Served as Co-investigator on scientific team tasked with researching causes of West Nile Virus (WNV) transmitted through blood transfusions and coordinating follow-up efforts of physicians, state and local health department, and blood banking facilities. • Hurricane Katrina: As member of Resilience and Mental Health Team assigned to the Director's Emergency Operations Center (DEOC), monitored mental health and resilience activities in the field • Earned public health service awards and commendations for outstanding service in key projects, including developing sickle cell disease programs, protecting the health of citizens following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, improving understanding of HIV infection among adolescents, and contributing to response to West Nile virus outbreak.

    Early Experience

    Scientific Curator for Incyte Genomics, Beverly, MA (1998-2002), Research Assistant for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA (2001), and Adjunct Professor at University of New Haven, West Haven, CT (1999).

    Education

    Aug 1993May 1998

    PhD

    Emory University

    Dissertation: An Analysis of Phospholipid Transport in S. cerevisiae

    N.I.H. Predoctoral Training Grant;N.I.H. Minority Predoctoral Fellowship

    Other Training

    Jan 2015Jun 2015

    Six Sigma Black Belt

    Clayton State University

    A comprehensive, hands-on orientation to the Six Sigma Black Belt body of knowledge-as enriched by the Instructor, Technology, DMAIC Tools, and participants' experiences.

    Jan 2014Mar 2014

    Six Sigma Green Belt

    Clayton State University

    A comprehensive, hands-on orientation to the Six Sigma Green Belt body of knowledge-as enriched by the Instructor, Technology, DMAIC Tools, and participants' experiences.

    Aug 1999Dec 2002

    Public Health Coursework

    Emory University

    Advanced graduate  coursework in Statistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health,  Infectious Diseases, and Public Health Policy.

    Teaching and Mentoring Experience

    Kaplan University, Online, Adjunct Instructor (Nov 2011 – April 2012)

    • Taught Master of Public Health Capstone Course online for two terms.
      • Led students through development and implementation of Capstone Projects for MPH
      • Developed rubrics for assessments and graded projects throughout each step of development as well as final project
      • Conducted live real-time presentation and discussions online at least once a week
    • Taught Chronic Disease Epidemiology for MPH program students for 1 term
      • Led and graded online discussions based in preset syllabus and course content
      • Graded projects and final papers
      • Did live real-time presentation and discussions online at least once a week

    University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD, Adjunct Instructor (Fall 2007)

    • Taught Biology course to undergraduate students online.
    • Designed syllabus and course objectives.
    • Researched, wrote, and conducted all course lectures.
    • Wrote, administered, and graded all examinations.

    University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, Adjunct Instructor (Jan 1999 – April 1999)

    • Taught Biochemistry of Bioenergetics course to graduate students.
    • Designed syllabus and course objectives.
    • Researched, wrote, and conducted all course lectures.
    • Wrote, administered, and graded all examinations.
    • Engaged student’s interest by incorporating current health, nutrition, and genetic disorders into biochemistry lectures.

    Emory University, Atlanta, GA , Teaching Assistant   (January 1995 – May 1995)

    • Led review sessions, facilitated a weekly discussion group on the primary literature, and graded examinations for graduate-level metabolism course.

    Public Health Mentoring and Training:

    • Secondary Supervisor - Epidemic Intelligence Service (2013-2014) Fellow: Lauren Marcewicz, MD
    • Primary Supervisor - Epidemic Intelligence Service (2011-2013) Fellow: Charlotte Baker, PhD
    • Primary Supervisor -Epidemic Intelligence Service (2010-2012), Fellow: Ijeoma Azonobi, MD MPH
    • Mentor - David J. Sencer CDC Museum Summer Internship (Summer 2012): Student: Amelia Watson
    • Mentor and Capstone Project Supervisor (Summer 2010) Student: Demetrice Morrison, MPH, Barry University
    • Thesis Committee and Capstone Project Supervisor -(2011-2013), Student: Tierney Bell, MPH Morehouse School of Medicine MPH program
    • Mentor -  Ferguson Fellowship Program  (Summer 2008); Mentee: Kerry-Ann Kelly, MPH

    Awards

    US Public Health Service

    • 2014. Unit Commendation – US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Outstanding service to SCD community via the development of activities aimed at increasing awareness at the local and national level 01/2013-09/2013
    • 2014. Unit Commendation – US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Outstanding performance, participation, and effective preparedness in response activities 10/2009-09/2013
    • 2010. Special Assignment Award - U.S. Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Completion of all requirements of the three-years participation on Tier I or Tier II response teams from 06/2006-07/2009
    • 2009. Commendation Medal - US Public Health Service. In recognition for developing programs to improve the health of individuals affected by sickle cell disease from February 2007 to July 2009.
    • 2007. Outstanding Unit Citation - US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Protecting the health of citizens of Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma from 08/2005 to 03/2006
    • 2006. Achievement Medal - US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Exemplary contributions to improving understanding of HIV infection among adolescents and for leadership in the development of preterm birth research agenda
    • 2006. Crisis Response Service Award - US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Protecting the health of citizens of Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma from 08/2005 to 02/2006
    • 2005. Outstanding Unit Citation - U.S. Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Response to the 2002 West Nile virus outbreak in the United States from 08/2002 to 12/2003
    • 2003. Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon - US Public Health Service. In Recognition of: Successfully completed all requirements for the Basic Officer Training Course and Independent Officer Training Course

     

    Other

    • 2013 Atlanta Federal Executive Board Outstanding Team – Winner
    • 2012 National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Outstanding Team Award
    • 2009 Atlanta Federal Executive Board Outstanding Team - Nominee
    • 2003. CDC and ATSDR Honor Awards: CDC, NCID “Partners in Public Health – West Nile Virus”

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