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CSTE Welcomes New Staff

Posted By Janet Hui, Nidal Kram, & Amy Patel, Friday, October 17, 2014
Today CSTE welcomes three new associate research analysts.

Hello, my name is Janet Hui, and I am the new research analyst for Surveillance and Informatics. Originally from New York, I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Geography from Dartmouth College in 2012 and my MPH in Epidemiology from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in May 2014. As an undergraduate, I had randomly enrolled in an epidemiology course and unexpectedly fell in love with the subject. I am passionate about data and technology and have a Certificate in Public Health Informatics as well as experience implementing geographic information systems for disease mapping. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to further apply my skills in this field.

At CSTE, my primary focus will be the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) project. Accurate reporting of disease is the cornerstone of surveillance, making it critical for providers and laboratories to have convenient access to up-to-date reporting criteria. RCKMS is envisioned to be a tool for providers, labs, and jurisdictions to better communicate and access reporting rules. This upcoming year, I will be helping to launch the feasibility pilot for the potential adoption of the RCKMS by state and local health departments. CSTE members are going to be heavily involved in all levels of the pilot, and I will be supporting them through workgroup calls and meetings. Everyone has been extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the project, and I’m thrilled to be working with them!

Hi there! My name is Nidal A-Z Kram and I am the associate research analyst supporting the Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health, and Oral Health (CD/MCH/OH) Steering Committee. I also work with the Substance Abuse Subcommittees within the Cross Cutting I Steering Committee. I completed my undergraduate studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where I majored in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. I joined CSTE after receiving my Master’s in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, focusing on Global Health and Community Health and Development.

I am eager to work with my subcommittees in developing new project ideas as well as completing ongoing projects. Most importantly, I am excited to do relevant and meaningful work that supports our members in local and state health departments. One key activity is the distribution of the CD/MCH/OH Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) report, which shows trends and indicates areas for improvement. The Chronic Disease Epidemiology Evaluation webinar series will be an interactive course designed to strengthen capacity. The Substance Abuse Subcommittees are also engaged in several interesting projects, including a computer program that searches the text on death certificates for specific drugs included in the cause-of-death statement and records those drugs as new fields. For additional information on any of these projects and to learn how to get involved in these subcommittees, please contact me!

Hi, I’m Amy Patel. A ‘Tar Heel Born and Bred,’ I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Anthropology in 2011 and then again with my Master of Public Health in Health Behavior with a Certificate in Global Health in 2014. I thought I would save the world through medicine when I started college but I quickly learned that community-based public health was where it was at. To gain more hands-on experience before graduate school, I pursued a 13-month fellowship in rural Alabama with the nonprofit Project Horseshoe Farm. While our programs focused on people with mental and physical disabilities, the elderly, and children, this doesn’t even begin to encapsulate the breadth and richness of our work. My passion lies in taking a comprehensive, systemic approach to health with a particular focus on social, cultural, and environmental factors.

Because of this “big picture” interest in public health, I was drawn to CSTE’s interdisciplinary approach to applied public health. My primary program area at CSTE is Occupational Health, but I am also working on projects related to injury, tribal epidemiology, local epidemiology, and epidemiology methods. I’m excited to be working with CSTE members to facilitate public health work across local and national levels. I have already seen regional differences in what the pressing concerns in occupational health and safety may be and I’m drawn to learning more about how states and organizations partner with one another to share best practices and lessons learned. I’m also excited by the variety of my work. From assisting in the collection of national indicator data to developing resources to build capacity for tribal health promotion, I look forward to the engaging opportunities my projects will bring.

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