Torrey R. Knight

  • 2611 Erica Ct. Apt. 202 , Albany, GA 31707
  • 229-255-7894
  • torreyknight2@yahoo.com
Torrey R.  Knight

Seeking to use experience and education to acquire a challenging position within the field of Public Health

Relevant Work Experience

Work History
Oct 2012 - Present

Disease Intervention Specialist

Dougherty County Health Department

∙ Interview patients and members of the community to determine location and sources of known contacts with communicable diseases; contact various individuals to request and verify various information related to communicable disease sources.

∙ Conduct field investigations to trace suspected communicable disease contacts through patients, community members, public authorities and other sources; collect, analyze and prepare blood samples and evidence of communicable disease sources.

∙ Research, compile and evaluate a variety of data and information related to communicable disease outbreak; identify disease sources and provide recommendations concerning appropriate treatment, as well as identifying possible risk factors.

∙ Develop, implement and conduct a variety of community outreach activities concerning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases by delivering oral presentations and distributing related informational materials.

∙ Communicate with personnel, various outside agencies and the public to exchange information and resolve issues or concerns related to possible outbreaks or epidemics of communicable diseases.

∙ Prepare and maintain a variety of narrative and statistical records, reports, and files related to communicable diseases, sources, interviews, investigations and assigned activities.

Feb 2012 - Oct 2012

Interim Project Coordinator - Georgia Medical Monitoring Project

Georgia Department of Public Health

 ∙ Coordinated statewide MMP activities for the purpose of HIV/AIDS data collection.

∙ Managed the daily operation of MMP including coordination with CDC, site recruitment, data analyses, data dissemination and communicating with the Physician Advisory Board & Community Advisory Board.

∙ Led grant applications, Interim Project Report and Annual Project Report development, and budget activities.

∙ Trained staff, oversees quality assurance activities, and manages the evaluation of the project.

∙ Conducted statewide face to face interviews with HIV/AIDS patients to retrieve information in regards to access to care and quality care that will assist in the acquisition of federal funds for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

∙ Conducted medical record abstractions to gain an understanding of the patient's quality of care, as well as the types of care the patient has received.

Sep 2011 - Oct 2012

MMP Epidemiologist I

Georgia Department of Public Health

Investigated HIV/AIDS to determine the cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, and/ or mode of transmission.

Provided expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.

Conducted research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.                       

Identified and analyze public health issues related to HIV/ AIDS and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.

Conducted statewide face to face interviews with HIV/AIDS patients to retrieve information in regards to access to care and quality care that will assist in the acquisition of federal funds for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

Conducted medical record abstractions to gain an understanding of the patient’s quality of care, as well as the types of care the patient has received.

Dec 2009 - Sep 2011

Health Research Analyst

Albany GA Tools for Change, Inc

 ∙ In accordance with NIH policies, conducted and facilitated community-based participatory research to identify the association between environmental toxin and chronic health disparities.

∙ Principal investigator in Institutional Review Board approval process for grant funded research.

∙ Conducted evaluations and analysis of focus group participation and survey responses to gain desired understanding of community needs.

∙ Utilized mathematical methodologies to analyze quantitative and qualitative data from primary and secondary data sources to create reports and community health assessments for the purpose of providing feedback to community stakeholders.

Dec 2009 - Sep 2011

Epidemiology Assistant

Southwest Georgia Public Health District 8, Unit 2

 ∙ Provided assistance in organizing and developing community health planning projects to empower communities to form relations and partnerships to improve health status.

∙ Collected and analyze data for the purpose of creating target audiences for media and promotion of disease prevention and education.

∙ Assisted in creating marketing and media tools for district wide distribution. ∙ Utilized applied epidemiological methods in the conduction of interviews and collection of specimens during investigations of possible communicable and non-communicable disease outbreaks or epidemics in fourteen counties within the district.

∙ Planned, coordinated, and implemented community initiatives and projects that address the district's health needs and have statewide impact.

∙ Served as liaison for Office of Health Planning and Epidemiology with community based organizations.

∙ Conducted community assessments to assist in the funding for rebuilding troubled communities.

∙ Assisted Office of Epidemiology and Surveillance with conducting public health surveillance, including improving disease reporting, analyzing district public health data, and preparing reports to summarize and explain data. Public health surveillance includes establishing and maintaining contact with laboratories and hospitals in the District.

Education

Education
Aug 2014 - Present

Master in Public Health

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Prevention Science

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Masters in Public Administration

Albany State University

Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Policy

May 2001 - Dec 2005

Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Albany State University

Bachelor of  Science in Marketing

Skills

Skills

EPI Info7

Data Analysis

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science)

Data anaylsis

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.

Certifications

Certifications
May 2010 - Present

NIH Extramural Research

National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research

Certificate # 445391

                                      

Sep 2011 - Present

CITI Training

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)

Certificate #2444042

Apr 2013 - Present

HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing

Georgia Department of Public Health

Will provide counseling number upon request

May 2013 - Present

Passport to Partner Services

Centers for Disease Control

ISTDI

Jun 2013 - Present

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Certification

Georgia Department of Public Health

STD 101

Aug 2013 - Present

Advanced Sexually Transmitted Disease Intervention

Centers for Disease Control

ASTDI

Portfolio

Professional Affiliations

Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society

American Public Health Association 

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Board of Trustees.