LCDR Neelam D. Ghiya

LCDR Ghiya is a Health Services Officer (HSO) working in the CDC Office of the Director. 

COF:  Why did you join the PHS Commissioned Corps?
LCDR Ghiya:  The PHS Commissioned Corps provided the potential for not only a job, but a lifelong career, especially through the flexibility to move from state to state, and from one HHS agency to another.  The strong, highly educated and caring individuals that make up my fellow uniformed officers gives me a great sense of camaraderie in the U.S.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

COF:  Briefly describe your work.
LCDR Ghiya:  I work on The CDC Director’s Public Health Grand Rounds which is a monthly webcast, viewed worldwide, that fosters discussion on major public health issues.  I am also an Emergency Coordinator (EC) serving as the point of contact to staff wanting to volunteer their services in support of CDC emergency response efforts via the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

COF:  Why is the PHS Commissioned Corps an important uniformed service?
LCDR Ghiya:  The PHS Commissioned Corps are absolutely one of the important of the seven uniformed services of the United States and is one of the two uniformed services that only consist of commissioned officers.  Why?  Because we strive to "Protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the Nation" in accordance with our four Core Values: Leadership, Excellence, Integrity, and Service.

CDR Charlene K. L. Majersky

CDR Charlene K. L. Majersky, PhD, works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.  She is a Health Service Officer (HSO) in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. 

In the past few years, she has responded to Salmonella Typhimurium (2009), H1N1 Influenza (2009), Administration for Children and Families Disaster Case Management in New York (2011), E. Coli (2011), Alabama tornado (2012), and Polio Eradication (2012).

COF:  Why did you join the PHS Commissioned Corps?
CDR Majersky: 
I wanted to continue to serve my country and become directly involved in public health leadership and service, utilizing both my masters in public health degree and doctoral degree in health care administration.  My heartfelt passion is delivering public health promotion and disease prevention programs, as well as advancing the science of public health.

COF:  Briefly describe your work.
CDR Majersky:  I am a Program Management Officer for the Division of Global Health Protection.  I lead the international recruitments/personnel actions for 72 overseas positions in 24 countries.  I also develop and teach various education and training courses on topics such as human resources, management, leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills to enhance efficiency and productivity in the workplace, embracing the human spirit, etc.

COF:  How does your work “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation?”
CDR Majerky:  The Division of Global Health Protection works around the clock to protect the health and well-being of Americans and others around the globe.  CDC is assisting countries to prevent disease and more quickly discover, fight and control disease outbreaks where they are transpiring and preventing outbreaks from crossing borders.

Read more: CDR Charlene K. L. Majersky

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