Disease Intervention Services Program Manager
Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County
My current position is the Disease Intervention Services Program Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. I posses a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Public Health from The University of South Florida and a Master in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. After obtaining my MSPH in 2006 I was hired as the epidemiologist for the North Carolina Public Health Regional Surveillance Team (PHRST) 3 located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. My responsibilities for PHRST 3 included surveillance of issues of public health concern (whether man-made or natural), county level emergency preparedness planning and training, and education of community partners on topics of public health importance. After working in North Carolina I was accepted to the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship program, and was assigned to FDOH Sarasota. As an EIS Fellow and County Epidemiologist I conducted routine public health surveillance activities and data analysis, outbreak investigations, presented multiple community presentations on public health threats, coordinated local preparedness for infectious disease disasters, and worked closely with community partners to improve the health of the residents and visitors of Sarasota County. As the DIS Program Manager I supervise the staff and programs responsible for identifying, investigating and mitigating reportable health conditions in Sarasota County. I continue to work with all divisions of the health department to investigate the patterns and distribution of conditions of public health importance in Sarasota County. I remain a strong advocate for public health and strive to provide valuable information to drive public health policies and practice.
Wednesday, July 10
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM