Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Therapist Professional Advisory Committee

Strategic Growth Committee

The mission of the Strategic Growth Committee is to identify, analyze, plan and organize appropriate responses to present and future public health challenges for therapists.

Chair: CDR David Engelman

Deputy: CDR Christina Eaker

Subcommittees under this committee include:

Outreach and Development Subcommittee

Chair: LCDR Chandra Preator (cpreator@NSHCORP.ORG) The mission of the Outreach and Development Subcommittee is to pursue additional opportunities for therapists to provide care to underserved populations and to address initiatives and barriers affecting category growth. The subcommittee maintains a database of non-traditional billets for Therapists Officers to facilitate category growth in non-direct patient care roles. This committee also generates statistics on category demographics, distribution, professional credentials, and other information of interest. Their most recent report is included in the attached graphs [PDF - KB]. Future category growth likely will be affected by the transformation process underway within the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS. Officers are urged to become familiar with this on-going process. Several documents from 2004 are attached for review including general information [PDF - KB], a statement of work [PDF - KB], and a presentation from the Lewin group [PDF - KB].

Recruitment Subcommittee

Chair: CDR Christopher Barrett The mission of the Recruitment Subcommittee is to recruit officers into the Therapist Category and assist them through the process of entering the Corps. Supporting materials for recruitment efforts can be found at and the University Points of Contact Link (see below). Additional information about the US Public Health service and its OPDIVs are available in the Links section of this site. This subcommittee also maintains a list of Clinical Vacancies for Therapists throughout the PHS and publishes this bimonthly. Finally, to optimize recruitment efforts, the subcommittee has developed an Applicant Mentorship program as well as a Therapist Category University Points of Contact (UPOC) program. These initiatives are led by the following recruitment committee members.

  • Vacancy List Lead: LCDR Dawn Dineyazhe ( Responsible for contacting the PHS agencies and regions regarding current availability of therapist positions throught the Corps. This information is updated at least bimonthly and published on this site. Also, as the IHS rehab recruiter, maintains a list of IHS scholarship opportunities, current recipients, and possible sites for loan repayment.
  • Academic Lead(s): CDR Alice Hopper ( and CDR Chrissy Eaker ( Responsible for oversight of the Therapist Category University Points of Contact (UPOC) program
  • Applicant List Lead:  CAPT James Cowher Responsible for maintaining a current list of therapist applicants to the Commissioned Corps, and facilitating their entry into the Corps by organizing the Applicant Mentorship Program. This program allows current commissioned corps therapists to provide support and guidance to new applicants, and to assist these applicants in locating a qualified position within the PHS agencies. Support materials for applicant mentors include the Applicant Letter Template

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Subcommittee

Chair: LCDR Raul Leija The mission of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Subcommittee is to provide opportunities and resources for TPAC therapists to promote the National Prevention Strategy (NPS), a comprehensive plan created by the Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The NPS is a revolutionary initiative which was developed by the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council (chaired by our nation’s Surgeon General). The vision of this subcommittee is to expand awareness of and utilization of the practices and resources outlined in both the National Prevention Strategy and the TPAC National Prevention Strategy document via periodic education and public outreach.

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