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Highly accomplished, outcome-oriented Public Health Professional offering distinguished career in bridging gap between scientific, medical and governmental communities in order to move projects that control, eliminate, and eradicate infectious diseases in developing countries forward. Exceptional program/project management skills, including oversight of multi-million-dollar budget, contracts/grants, human capital, and consultant/vendor resources. Significant global exposure obtained by living and/or working in conflict and post-conflict North African and Sub-Saharan countries. Engaging, multilingual communicator with abilities in English, conversational French and basic Spanish.
Summary of Qualifications
Strong analytical and planning skills Citizen/stakeholder engagement Strategic political acumen Cultural awareness and sensitivity Comfortable with diverse populations Budgeting and financial management Grassroots health program management Experience working in remote/clinical setting Program design and evaluation Control/eradication of preventable diseases
Instrumental in eliminating polio in Chad within one year by serving as Desk Officer responsible for providing operational and management assistance to country’s Polio Eradication Initiative. Partnered with polio and routine immunization medical epidemiologists and senior managers assigned to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF offices in Chad on developing and launching national vaccine campaigns. Supported WHO country office with operational and logistics management, enabling successful implementation of Chad’s national polio emergency plan. Worked to advance Cholera emergency response capabilities in Haiti by facilitating communication and service initiatives between CDC Country Office Cholera Response Team and international public health partners from Health Cluster and Pan American Health Office. Provided technical and project management assistance to U.S. Virgin Island Department of Health’s Division on execution of H1N1 preparedness and vaccination initiatives. Served as Principal Management and Administrative Officer responsible for implementing Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program activities in Cote d’Ivoire. Recipient of two regional Ambassador Awards for outstanding agency representation an Border Specialist with the EPA. Awarded USEPA Bronze Medal in recognition development and production of bilingual documentary film, “Border Visions” utilized as educational tool for border communities.
Public Health Analyst/Advisor July 2002 to Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA Serve as Project Officer accountable for supporting state and local health department grantees with receiving of funding dedicated to highly visible national syndromic surveillance programs. Manage and monitor activities associated with 3-year programmatic budget of more than $18M. Collaborate with senior management on carrying out policy, communications, planning and evaluation. Advance program objectives by forging strategic partnerships with key internal and external partners, governmental agencies, and stakeholders. Develop and administer short-term contracts for international consultants assigned to specific country initiatives. Coordinate global health information from subject matter experts and provide technical support to CDC’s field offices on numerous health issues.