2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD CANDIDATES
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2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD VOTING IMPORTANT DATES
April 15th, 2021
Notification of candidate slate
April 26th, 2021
Deadline for Active Member eligibility to
vote in elections
April 29th, 2021
Open voting for Active Members
May 13th, 2021
Deadline for voting
CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
Dr. Angela Dunn is the State Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) where she works across the Department to identify and address health concerns of Utahns. Dr. Dunn works with multidisciplinary teams focusing on primary prevention, health equity/equality, chronic disease surveillance, and communicable disease outbreak response. She co-chaired the CSTE Chronic Disease subcommittee in 2018, and then was elected to the CSTE Executive Board in 2019 as the chair of the Chronic Disease, Maternal Child Health, and Oral Health committee.
Dr. Dunn’s objective has been to bridge the gap between infectious and non-infectious applied epidemiology in order to: 1) Create a more effective space to address social determinants of health across conditions, and 2) Use a broader set of data sources to understand the health concerns of populations. Dr. Dunn came to UDOH as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was involved in several infectious disease outbreak response and control efforts both in Utah and abroad.
Dr. Dunn is boarded in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and completed her residency training at the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Dunn worked as a primary care and public health physician in San Diego, focusing on women’s health, sexually transmitted diseases, refugee health, and tuberculosis. Dr. Dunn also engaged in health systems research and interventions aimed at improving health care delivery within the military health system and federally-qualified health care clinics.
I have worked in state public health since 2006 and served as the State Epidemiologist for North Carolina since 2017. I also serve as chief of the Epidemiology Section of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, where my areas of responsibility include communicable disease, public health preparedness and response, and occupational and environmental epidemiology. My background and training before joining the public health family was in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.
During my time in state public health, I have had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles with CSTE, including as vice president during 2018-19 and as co-chair of the COVID-19 core group during the early months of the pandemic. I have seen tremendous growth in CSTE over recent years and developed a strong appreciation for the essential role this group plays in responding to a wide range of existing and emerging public health threats. Before this year, none of us could have predicted the impact the COVID-19 pandemic would have on our communities or the many long hours this response would consume, the levels of stress and fatigue we would experience, or that every aspect of our lives would have been changed so dramatically. We’ve been through major public health crises of many kinds before but nothing this intense over this length of time. We also could not have imagined how much progress we would have made or the many ways our jurisdictions have risen individually and collectively to face the challenges of the pandemic.
Throughout this response, CSTE has been critically important in helping to drive national policies, facilitating sharing of experiences and ideas, and serving as a source of mutual support for those doing this difficult work. I want to help build on these successes to ensure that the lessons from COVID-19 translate into an epidemiology and public health infrastructure that is more resilient and better able to respond to the many other public health challenges we face. This means not only continuing important work to modernize our data infrastructure, but also making sure we are building an epidemiology workforce that is stronger, more diverse, and equipped with the skills needed for this rapidly changing field. This also means continuing and deepening work to understand and address health inequities that have always existed and have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe CSTE is uniquely positioned to help move us forward collectively in all of these areas and I look forward to working together on our continuing progress.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH / OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH / INJURY CHAIR
Melissa has worked at the Florida Department of Health in the field of applied epidemiology since 2003. She spent the first seven years of her career in chronic disease epidemiology, before moving in 2010 to environmental epidemiology where she served as a Senior Environmental Epidemiologist with the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. In January 2017, she became the Director of Public Health Research at the Florida Department of Health, overseeing the Department’s research initiatives and Florida’s noninfectious disease surveillance and epidemiology programs.
Since November 2019, Melissa has served as the Division Director of Community Health Promotion, managing a team of more than 300 public health professionals and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion in state and federal funding. In this role, she is responsible for a wide range of public health activities including noninfectious disease surveillance and epidemiology programs, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, maternal and child health, violence and injury prevention, WIC, and the Department’s research initiatives.
Melissa is leading efforts to expand Florida’s public health response to injury and substance abuse related issues by establishing new CDC collaborative projects including the Overdose Data to Action Program. Melissa has been actively involved with CSTE for more than 16 years. She has been involved with abstract review and planning for the CSTE annual conference for many years. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Environmental Health subcommittee and participates in a variety of other subcommittees and workgroups including Environmental Health in Schools, Occupational Health, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Melissa has served on the CSTE Executive Board as the Environmental Health/Occupation Health/Injury Chair since 2018.
SURVEILLANCE / INFORMATICS CHAIR
For over three decades, I have worked as an epidemiologist at the local and state levels, as well as in academia. My current responsibilities include being Director of the Communicable Disease Division at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Health Information Network. I have been involved with the Surveillance and Informatics community of CSTE for years.
I have supported CSTE activities in the Surveillance Policy, Practice and Implementation, and Electronic Laboratory and Disease Reporting subcommittees. I have also represented CSTE in other projects including electronic case reporting, the Digital Bridge (eCR Implementation Taskforce, Legal and Regulatory Workgroup) effort, and in groups formed to address pressing issues in a timely manner (including the National Health Security Preparedness Index Governance Committee, Biosense Governance Group, Electronic Case Reporting Advisory Group, and the Executive Committee for the Public Health Community Platform).
I have chaired surveillance and informatics related workgroups, including most recently the CSTE COVID-19 Data Preparedness Workgroup. Finally, I have very much enjoyed my experience working in planning and supporting the annual conferences. I think we can all agree that over the past year, our time has been increasingly precious. How we decide to spend it says a lot about who we are and what we are doing. That is why I am so impressed by the CSTE membership who continually stand up and say that what we do here is important and merits our time. What we do here does make a difference. I have found time to support CSTE because the work we do is important. I know that I have gained from these experiences and my hope is that I have contributed as well.
Kate Goodin is an epidemiologist with years of experience in applied public health at the local, state, and federal government levels. She has her Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the George Washington University, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics from Arizona State University, and a graduate certificate in Public Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served in a professional capacity as a subject matter expert on epidemiology, data systems, surveillance, system integration, and interoperability. Ms. Goodin also has extensive experience translating technical topics to lay audiences and training users on operations of public health data systems.
Ms. Goodin currently serves Tennessee Department of Health as the Director of the Surveillance Systems and Informatics Program. In that role she oversees a team of staff responsible for surveillance systems management, database management, and informatics tasks; oversight of interoperability of data management systems, data transport, electronic laboratory reporting, electronic case reporting, and implementation and management of surveillance systems; and supporting multidisciplinary programs to understand and meet programmatic data needs.
Prior to her time in Tennessee, Kate was at the Florida Department of Health in roles that covered informatics, ELR, respiratory disease surveillance, and HIV then moved to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, AZ in a role as the Epidemiology and Data Services Program Manager for six years. She has previously served as the President of the Arizona Public Health Association, a member of the Mayo Health Equity Community Advisory Board, and as the National Association of City and County Health Officials Informatics Champion initiative co-chair. Kate has served as the Surveillance and Informatics Chair for CSTE for the past three years. Prior to that she chaired the Electronic Laboratory and Disease Reporting Subcommittee for several years. She has also served as the NAPHIS and Chronic Disease liaisons for the S/I community.
I have practiced as an applied epidemiologist in a state health department for more than 17 years, primarily in infectious diseases. I currently serve as the Chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, where I oversee all infectious disease program areas including surveillance, investigations, immunizations, and prevention. In this role, I have led the epidemiologic investigation of many infectious disease outbreaks and other public health responses. I also serve as New Hampshire’s Public Health Preparedness Director, working to assure statewide public health and healthcare system preparedness for all types of potential public health threats. I have served as incident commander for significant public health responses including for New Hampshire's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
My engagement in the profession of applied epidemiology is broad, spanning across practice, teaching, workforce development, and research. In addition to my full-time governmental public health work, I hold an academic appointment as an adjunct faculty member teaching epidemiology in Rivier University’s Master of Public Health Program. As for my own academic training, I hold a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and undergraduate degrees in Zoology and English from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
As part of my doctoral degree program, I conducted research on the role and readiness of state health department epidemiologists to work in emerging areas of public health practice. In addition to workforce development, my other professional interests include infectious diseases, epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, and evidence-based public health policy and practice. I have been attending CSTE conferences and participating in various committees, subcommittees, and workgroups since 2006. I became an official member in 2014. During my time engaging in CSTE activities, I have moved in and out of many groups depending on needs and priority areas based on current work in my organization. Historically, I have participated in surveillance, vectorborne disease, Lyme disease, Legionella, and healthcare associated infections subcommittees/workgroups. I was a founding member of the Drug Diversion workgroup back in 2014 following a large outbreak of hepatitis C at a hospital in New Hampshire that resulted from drug diversion.
Since late 2016, I have served as the Workforce Subcommittee co-chair. I have also served as an abstract reviewer and cross cutting II track planning committee member for the annual conference each year since 2015. I have experience working in most of the areas covered by Cross Cutting II, with the exception of tribal epidemiology as New Hampshire does not have any federally-recognized tribes. However, I have interest in this work and would look forward to the opportunity to help support the work of this subcommittee, as well as the other subcommittees covered under Cross Cutting II. I believe that CSTE provides an essential forum for applied epidemiologists working in a variety of settings to come together to develop and share best practices to support population health improvement through the practice of epidemiology. It would be my honor to serve this organization, its mission, and all of you as a member of the Executive Board.
Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill currently serves as Deputy State Epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. She received her undergraduate degree (BS) in Microbiology and a minor in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University, Doctor of Medicine from the Mercer University School of Medicine and completed dual-residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Following residency, she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assigned to the Tennessee Department of Health, and was awarded the Alexander D. Langmuir prize for her work on neonatal abstinence syndrome.
After EIS, Dr. Fill worked as a Medical Epidemiologist with the Tennessee Department of Health, focusing on waterborne and zoonotic disease surveillance and outbreak response. She has been an active member of CSTE since 2015 and participates in several subcommittees and workgroups. She has been most actively involved in the Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Workgroup, including efforts to update the case definition (2019) and develop a Water Management Program template.
Dr. Fill was a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Class of 2017 and remains part of a national network of colleagues working to advance biosecurity priorities. She was promoted to Deputy State Epidemiologist with TDH in September 2020 and has served as a leader in the State’s COVID-19 response since January 2020.
I have been enjoying my work in public health for over 34 years, the last 13 as the State Epidemiologist in Arizona. My interest in epidemiology started when working as a food microbiologist for Armour-Dial, Inc. analyzing occasional Armour food products implicated in outbreaks for bacterial pathogens.
I attended UCLA for my Master of Public Health (1983) and worked as an epidemiologist for CIGNA Hospital in Los Angeles and then at Los Angeles County Department of Health Services under Laurene Mascola and Steve Waterman. Since 1987, I have been working at the Arizona Department of Health Services in HIV, TB, general communicable diseases. I have responded to emerging disease outbreaks of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in 1993, 2001 threats of bioterrorism and 2009 pandemic influenza, in addition to the more recent responses to Chikungya, Zika, opioid overdoses, and EVALI. In 2003, I helped develop Arizona’s syndromic surveillance program and was initiated into public health informatics by designing and implementing Arizona’s infectious disease surveillance system, MEDSIS (2003-2005).
In August 2006, I was appointed the State Epidemiologist. I oversee the Office of Infectious Disease Services with 28 epidemiologists and a Career Epidemiology Field Officer as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I serve as co-primary supervisor for a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers where I get to branch into non communicable disease projects and have had the pleasure of working closely with 11 EISOs stationed in Arizona over the years.
My areas of interest are: border health (Sonora Mexico is on MEDSIS) and collaboration with our 22 Arizona tribes (5 tribes are on MEDSIS) and public health informatics (two mobile apps IDAZ for physicians and Healthy Kids AZ for school nurses/childcare center and COVID Watch Arizona exposure notification app).
As a member of CSTE since 1990, I have had the opportunity to a co-author six position statements, chair the Border/International Health subcommittee since 2013, participate in the tribal epidemiology subcommittee, review CSTE conference abstracts, represent CSTE at border health meetings and serve on the Executive Board for the last three years as the Member at Large and Chair of Cross-Cutting II Steering Committee, which encompasses the most interesting subcommittees: Epidemiology Methods, Public Health Law, Border/International Health, Health Disparities (soon to be Health Equity), Tribal epidemiology, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and Workforce Development.
Erica Smith, MPH, PhD began her applied epidemiology career as an infectious disease CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow in Class VIII at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For two years following the Fellowship, she stayed on at PA DOH as a district epidemiologist, doing cross-cutting epidemiology work and serving as the sole epidemiologist for an 11-county region with over 2.5 million residents. In 2014, she became the statewide foodborne/enteric disease epidemiologist at PA DOH. In 2016, Erica matriculated into the PhD program in epidemiology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. To complete her dissertation, “Social determinants of health as upstream risk factors for Salmonella and Campylobacter infection in Pennsylvania” Dr. Smith collaborated with both the PA DOH and Philadelphia Department of Public Health, using public health surveillance data to complete her dissertation work.
Dr. Smith earned her PhD in Epidemiology in June 2019, and in September 2019, she became the Deputy State Epidemiologist at the Delaware Division of Public Health. Dr. Smith has co-led the Delaware COVID Epidemiology response since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to oversee the newly-created COVID Epidemiology team in Delaware. Dr. Smith has held numerous leadership and service roles in the organization since joining as a CSTE Fellow. Since its inception in 2018, she has served as co-lead of the Early Career Professionals Workgroup.
During this time, she has planned and moderated 8 professional development webinars for students and early career professionals. In 2018, while earning her PhD in epidemiology, she participated in the CSTE mentorship program as a mentee. During 2013-2019, she was an external reviewer of applications for the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program, and in 2018 she was honored to give the Keynote Address at the CSTE Fellowship Graduation Ceremony at the Annual Conference. Dr. Smith has also been a member of the enteric disease subcommittee since 2013, and has reviewed abstracts on the conference planning team and moderated sessions at the Annual Conference.