Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Public Health Advisor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Field assignee at the Florida Department of Health from 2011-2013

Quarantine Public Health Officer assignee from 2013 to present

Jan 2011 - Apr 2011

Health Educator and Counselor

Girls Place Inc

Health education intern for young girls aged 5-13 in Gainesville, Florida

Education

Education
2014 - 2016

Master of Public Health

Emory University

Executive MPH Program

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Science in Health Education

University of Florida

Minor in Communications Studies; Cum Laude

Certifications

Certifications
2013 - Present

Certified Health Education Specialist

  National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

CHES

Leadership Experience

June to July 2015

Appointed as Acting Assistant Officer-in-Charge to assist with station management, supervision, and leadership:

  • Led station operations including oversight and work delegation
  • Maintained station calendar and scheduling for the office
  • Reviewed and approved all staff leave requests

 

 December 2014 to present

  • Appointed as Acting Officer-in-Charge on an as needed basis
  • Supervises station staff during permanent Officer-in-Charge’s absence

 August 2014 to June 2015

  • Trained new staff members on station operations to become efficient and fully functioning quarantine public health officers
  • Trained 4 new staff members

Notable Assignments/Projects

  • July 2015 to August 2015

Deployed to West Africa as part of the International Ebola Outbreak Response; provided technical assistance to in-country staff pertaining to surveillance and epidemiology

 

  • October to November 2014

Deployed to the Washington DC Quarantine Station in response to Ebola Entry Screening; stood up entry screening at the second major US port of entry for travelers arriving from West Africa

 

  • 2014

Supported station activities in response to Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola outbreaks; managed data and provided quality assurance for traveler’s health declarations, risk assessments, and illness response records for both Ebola and MERS responses

 

  • July to August 2014

Coordinated an Epi-Aid in conjunction with the CDC Traveler’s Health Branch in regards to assessing U.S. Citizens who may have been exposed to chikungunya in the Dominican Republic

 

  • November 2013 to May 2014

Planned and coordinated the Miami Quarantine Station Communicable Disease Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise; scenario involved response to a pandemic novel influenza entering the United States via an airline conveyance.

References

CAPT Jim Watkins              305-526-2910                                                                                                                                                                                                                       US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention                                                                                         Regional Officer-in-Charge, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

Dr. Robert Parkes, MPH                                                                                                                                                                                  561-671-4184                                                                                                                                                                                                                Director, Florida Department of Health, Division of Epidemiology and Communicable Disease

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