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.
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