CAPT Alan Parham is currently serving as the Chief Professional Environmental Health Officer for the United States Public Health Service. As chief environmental health officer, CAPT Parham leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Environmental Health Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps environmental health professionals.
CAPT Parham currently serves as a Senior Environmental Health Scientist with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, GA where he works with ATSDR’s State Cooperative Agreement Program in the public health evaluation of impacts to communities from hazardous waste sites.
CAPT Parham began his career with the USPHS in 1990 when he completed a summer JRCOSTEP assignment with the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Gallup, New Mexico. After finishing his B.S. degree in Environmental Health from Western Carolina University in 1991, he received a Call to Active Duty with ATSDR in October 1991 where he worked as a health assessor evaluating potential health impacts to the local communities and the Pueblo tribes surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In 1995, he was selected for ATSDR’s Long Term Training program and completed a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After returning from long term training, he accepted an assignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Health and Safety where he was responsible for managing CDC’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. During this time, he also led the CDC remediation efforts at a pesticide burial site in Savannah, GA that was the result of the Malaria Control in War Areas Agency research on DDT in the 1940s. After his assignment with CDC, he accepted a detail with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as the Safety and Environmental Health Officer for the Coast Guard’s largest base in Kodiak, Alaska where he was the manager and technical expert responsible for addressing all safety, environmental and occupational health, and industrial hygiene issues for 3,000 employees and dependents as well as all other Coast Guard units in Western Alaska. Since 2002, he has worked with ATSDR’s State Cooperative Agreement Program which provides money and technical support to State Health Departments that are evaluating the public health impact from historical and current hazardous waste sites around the country.
CAPT Parham has served in numerous leadership positions throughout his career including: Publication Committee Chairman for COA Atlanta Branch (1993-1995), Secretary COA Atlanta Branch (1996-1997), EHO Category Lead Associate Recruiter (2002-2006), Co-Chair EHOPAC Marketing and Recruitment Subcommittee (2005-2010), Co-representative for EHO Billet Transformation (2007-2012), EHO representative for the Recruitment Transformation WPDG (2006-2007), EHOPAC Vice Chair (2006-2007), EHOPAC Chair (2008), and Applied Public Health Team 4 (APHT 4) Deputy Team Lead (2006-2011) and Acting Team Lead (2011-2013).
CAPT Parham has also been involved in numerous Commissioned Corps response efforts. In 2001 he deployed to New York City (Ground Zero) as part of the residential air sampling team that evaluated indoor and ambient air following the World Trade Center attacks. In 2003 he deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Isabel as the ATSDR representative on the Secretary’s Emergency Response Team. He also served in the CDC Emergency Operations Center in support of the public health response efforts for the Southeast Asia Tsunami in 2004 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. During his time in leadership with APHT 4 he was instrumental in the planning and execution of the team’s OFRD training missions to Camp Bullis, TX, Fort A.P. Hill, VA, and the more recent mission to Pine Ridge, SD.
CAPT Parham has been recognized with several individual awards including one Citation, two Achievement Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal, and the EHOPAC’s Thomas E. Crow Mentor Award. In addition, CAPT Parham has received two Exceptional Proficiency promotions during his career to the ranks of LT and CAPT. CAPT Parham has been a consistent and recognizable leader in the EHO Category during his career, supporting EHOs and the Commissioned Corps. He resides in Winder, GA with his wife Kim and four children Logan, Brady, Sheridan and McKinley.
RADM Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH
Deputy Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service