Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health Master of Public Health - Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2007 4.0 GPA, Graduated with honors
University of Minnesota – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Senior Public Health Specialist September 2010 to May 2014
Public Health Foundation Enterprises Jurisdictional Coordinator/Regional Epidemiologist July 2005 to October 2010* 6 months as part-time from 11/06 – 5/07
Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department Infectious Disease Epidemiologist *November 2006 – May 2007
Texas Department of State Health Services June 2001 – July 2005 Epidemiologist II - Influenza, Emerging Infections Program Epidemiologist I - Foodborne Microbiologist I-IV - Molecular Genetics
The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Science in Microbiology 2001 Dean’s List, Spring 2001
Primary job duties include de novo establishment and management of chronic disease and injury surveillance for Williamson County Texas, integrating multiple local, regional, state, and national data sources and assessing community health status vis a vis the Healthy People 2020 targets and chronic disease indicators. • Analyze and interpret health and health care data with emphasis on geographic and demographic trends of chronic disease and chronic disease risk factors. • Ensure that research, assessment, and program evaluation objectives are completed in compliance with the needs of the funding programs as applicable. • Assess data quality and document sources of data used to assess and monitor the incidence and prevalence of disease in Williamson and Burnet Counties. • Perform and participate in routine chronic disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response activities, and epidemiological studies. • Routinely respond to data requests from individuals and community groups. • Assist with producing reports on public health issues that significantly impact community health: diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, physical activity, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, injury, and others. • Oversee collection, analysis, and documentation of data from various sources included but not limited to: US Census, vital statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), Texas School Survey (TSS), hospital discharge data, data registries (cancer, birth defects, trauma), communicable disease surveillance systems (Outbreak Management System [OMS], Texas National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (TxNEDSS), local school health data, and special epidemiological surveys. • Assist in the development of processes for evaluating and adding information to a county-wide dashboard for community health (www.healthywilliamsoncounty.org) • Serve as liaison with Texas A&M University for the Texas School Survey. • Research existing survey methodologies and make recommendations for alternative approaches when appropriate to improve the efficiency and relevancy of survey data. • Respond to and document information requests related to chronic disease and other health-related topics. Track the type of requests received and adjust the focus of published documents as needed. • Investigate all reports of submersion injuries and drownings. • Coordinate responses to animal exposure reports between Communicable Disease Management Team, Environmental Health Services, and appropriate local animal control officials. • Collaborate with funding program leads in survey or investigation design, including search or review of literature and data, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data collection instruments. • Provide epidemiologic advice and assistance in the resolution of technical issues that include significant barriers to program or project delivery. • Participate with the Data, Reporting, and Information Management Team in the development of WCCHD reports including the Community Health Assessment, Community Health Profiles, Chronic Disease Reports, Epidemiology Reports, and Maternal and Child Health Reports. • Assists in preparation of grants and other funding proposals related to chronic disease and injury prevention, providing data as requested by programs for proposals as well as grant progress reports. • Serves as technical advisor to public health programs, coalitions, and other community groups. • Promote the use of program evaluation methods for public health through ongoing participation in Williamson and Burnet County public health promotion coalitions and other community non-profit groups as assigned. • Help define data elements required to answer community health status questions on an ad hoc basis or as part of program evaluations. • Serve as WCCHD subject matter expert for chronic disease and epidemiology.