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Volume 7, No. 7     June 13, 2011
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Memorandum from the Assistant Secretary for Administration and the Surgeon General regarding attendance at the 2011 COF Scientific and Training Symposium.
RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer Dear OASH Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer to Senior Advisor for the Public Health Service in the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

In her new capacity, RADM Slade-Sawyer will carry prevention across and beyond the Department by representing me and OASH in matters of public health and prevention policy and by serving as a liaison between my office and the Office of the Surgeon General and other uniformed services.

In her 18 years with the Corps, RADM Slade-Sawyer has performed in several capacities. She began her career as a clinician and program chief, and then transitioned from the clinical arena into policy development in 2001 when she was tapped to serve as public health advisor in the (then named) Office of Public Health and Science. In 2004, she was named HHS deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). RADM Slade-Sawyer also twice served as interim director of the (now named) President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
Dr. Koh May is designated by Presidential Proclamation as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sponsored a 2011 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month program on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Diversity, Leadership, Empowerment and Beyond.”

CMS hosted Dr. Howard K. Koh, the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The title of Dr. Koh’s speech was “Eliminating Health Disparities through the Affordable Care Act and Beyond.”

As the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh oversees the HHS Office of Assistant Secretary for Health, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Office of the Surgeon General. Dr. Koh also serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary...
On May 1-5, 2011, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) officers from across the nation participated in the 2011 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
About 130 Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) officers participated in the National Level Exercise (NLE) 2011 while staying in a dome tent downtown Paducah, Kentucky reports the Western Kentucky Star newspaper...
ENS John Isaac Young The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Surgeon General Award is presented to a graduating senior medical student in the Corps whose university career has been characterized by academic achievement, military medical professionalism, commitment to fellow students and creative sensible leadership. This person’s contributions have been strongly identified with the mission of the Corps.

The recipient of the USPHS Surgeon General Award for 2011 is Ensign John Isaac Young, a 4th year medical student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a junior Corps officer and sponsored by the Indian Health Service. 

ENS Young  was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the oldest of five siblings. From a young age, Isaac had a strong interest in medical illustration and anatomical drawing which he pursued in his art classes in school...
CAPT Darrell Singer The Major Joe Haydon Award for Exceptional Contribution to President’s Emergency Plan for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Relief (PEPFAR) was established in 2006 as a memorial to Major Joe Haydon, U.S. Army. Major Haydon was a Foreign Area Officer and served as the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy, Abuja. He died in the line of duty in 2005 when his plane crashed as he returned from a mission in Lagos.

Major Haydon contributed exceptional time and effort in facilitating the launch of PEPFAR in Nigeria. Through his example, he led the team toward an interagency approach to tackling the daunting problem of human immunodeficiency virus HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

CAPT Darrell Singer, recent country director for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program’s DOD HIV Research Program-Nigeria, was awarded the 2011 Major Joe Haydon Award for Exceptional Contributions to PEPFAR in a ceremony held at the 2011 PEPFAR meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Commissioned Officer Training Academy, in association with the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, wishes to extend congratulations to graduates of the Officer Basic Course (OBC) 42.

OBC training is a 2-week course of study for new calls to active duty to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps). Officers learn about the history of the Corps and establish a foundation of knowledge in preparation for their Corps careers.
In the spring and summer months, many members of Tier 1 and Tier 2 deployment teams and officers in Tier 3 will be completing training in areas of public health need throughout the country. In addition, hurricane season officially starts on June 1st. Researchers at the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science are predicting nine hurricanes for the 2011 season, five of which are predicted to be major hurricanes...