Partnership Provides Global Health Education for PHS Officers

“This year we’ve collaborated with the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation on community-based health promotion efforts and co-sponsored the USPHS annual scientific and training symposium. We look forward to continuing this fellowship and providing future educational trainings tailored for the USPHS as part of our participation in the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center.”

The following officers will begin the Certificate in Global Health program this fall:

  • CDR Monique Howard, DrPH, MBA, OTR/L, is a Definitive Care Coordinator in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in HHS
  • CDR Sophia Russell, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is a Senior Program Manager at Tricare Management Activity
  • LCDR Diana Solana-Sodeinde, PharmD, is a Regulatory Management Officer at the FDA Office of Generic Drugs
  • LT Tacheka Bailey, MS, BS, is a Staff Program Management Officer in the CDC National Center for Health Statistics

“We are pleased to welcome these Commissioned Corps officers to our global health program,” says Dr. Colleen Farmer, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education at the UMD School of Public Health. “It is a mutually beneficial partnership because our students learn from interacting with these seasoned public health officers, and we are proud that our program provides training to support their ability to analyze and respond to major global health issues.”

Visit for details on the Certificate in Global Health offered by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

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2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

2013 Dependent Scholarship Winners

Six students won funding through the 2013 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation’s Dependent Scholarship program. Eligible applicants were spouses, children and grandchildren of active duty or retired members of the COF affiliate, the Commissioned Officers Association.

Twelve students, mostly sons and daughters of PHS officers, applied for funding. The Selection Committee, composed of active duty and retired officers, scored each application. The reviewers chose the student with the highest score as this year’s winner of the Ronald Lessing Memorial Scholarship, which comes with a cash prize of $1,000. The award is named in honor of Ronald Lessing, the brother of CAPT Melvin Lessing, USPHS (Ret.).


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