National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology Concludes 7th Year Supporting State and Local Epidemiologists

Thanks to generous funding from the CDC Division of Population Health, NACDD celebrates the conclusion of a seventh year advancing applied chronic disease epidemiology capacity among newly-hired and junior-level epidemiologists and evaluators working in state and local health departments.

2017 mentees and their project focus areas are as follows:

  • Asra Khalid, BS, MPH, Epidemiologist I, and Donald Perry, Epidemiologist, representing the Tennessee Department of Health: Assessing Association Between Built Environment and Obesity or Physical Inactivity
  • Nhan Nguyen, MPH, Epidemiologist, Cook County Department of Public Health, representing Illinois: Web Data Portal for a Local Health Department
  • Ami Sedani, MPH, Surveillance Coordinator, representing the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Using Maps to Inform Program Design and Evaluation
  • Allison Verbyla, MPH, Public Health Analyst II, representing the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Health Surveillance: Burden of Cancer in Vermont Communities 

The 2017 mentors included: Dr. Agricola Odoi, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Dr. Ann Pobutsky, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Dr. Ghazala Perveen and Dr. Ericka Welsh, representing the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

Mentees and mentors received travel support to the attend the 2017 NACDD Chronic Disease Academy in St. Louis, MO.

NACDD will complete selection of four new mentees and four mentors for the 2018 mentoring program cohort by Jan. 31.