Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee
Meet the new Chief Professional Officer
- Last Updated on 12 November 2013
|Please join me in welcoming our new Chief Professional Officer for the Environmental Health Category, CAPT Alan Parham, MPH, REHS. As chief environmental health officer, CAPT Parham leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Environmental Health Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps environmental health professionals.
CAPT Parham currently serves as a Senior Environmental Health Scientist with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, GA where he works with ATSDR’s State Cooperative Agreement Program in the public health evaluation of impacts to communities from hazardous waste sites.
CAPT Parham began his career with the USPHS in 1990 when he completed a summer JRCOSTEP assignment with the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Gallup, New Mexico. After finishing his B.S. degree in Environmental Health from Western Carolina University in 1991, he received a Call to Active Duty with ATSDR in October 1991 where he worked as a health assessor evaluating potential health impacts to the local communities and the Pueblo tribes surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In 1995, he was selected for ATSDR’s Long Term Training program and completed a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After returning from long term training, he accepted an assignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Health and Safety where he was responsible for managing CDC’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. During this time, he also led the CDC remediation efforts at a pesticide burial site in Savannah, GA that was the result of the Malaria Control in War Areas Agency research on DDT in the 1940s. After his assignment with CDC, he accepted a detail with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as the Safety and Environmental Health Officer for the Coast Guard’s largest base in Kodiak, Alaska where he was the manager and technical expert responsible for addressing all safety, environmental and occupational health, and industrial hygiene issues for 3,000 employees and dependents as well as all other Coast Guard units in Western Alaska. Since 2002, he has worked with ATSDR’s State Cooperative Agreement Program which provides money and technical support to State Health Departments that are evaluating the public health impact from historical and current hazardous waste sites around the country.
|CAPT Parham has served in numerous leadership positions throughout his career including: Publication Committee Chairman for COA Atlanta Branch (1993-1995), Secretary COA Atlanta Branch (1996-1997), EHO Category Lead Associate Recruiter (2002-2006), Co-Chair EHOPAC Marketing and Recruitment Subcommittee (2005-2010), Co-representative for EHO Billet Transformation (2007-2012), EHO representative for the Recruitment Transformation WPDG (2006-2007), EHOPAC Vice Chair (2006-2007), EHOPAC Chair (2008), and Applied Public Health Team 4 (APHT 4) Deputy Team Lead (2006-2011) and Acting Team Lead (2011-2013).
CAPT Parham has also been involved in numerous Commissioned Corps response efforts. In 2001 he deployed to New York City (Ground Zero) as part of the residential air sampling team that evaluated indoor and ambient air following the World Trade Center attacks. In 2003 he deployed to North Carolina for Hurricane Isabel as the ATSDR representative on the Secretary’s Emergency Response Team. He also served in the CDC Emergency Operations Center in support of the public health response efforts for the Southeast Asia Tsunami in 2004 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. During his time in leadership with APHT 4 he was instrumental in the planning and execution of the team’s OFRD training missions to Camp Bullis, TX, Fort A.P. Hill, VA, and the more recent mission to Pine Ridge, SD.
CAPT Parham has been recognized with several individual awards including one Citation, two Achievement Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal, and the EHOPAC’s Thomas E. Crow Mentor Award. In addition, CAPT Parham has received two Exceptional Proficiency promotions during his career to the ranks of LT and CAPT. CAPT Parham has been a consistent and recognizable leader in the EHO Category during his career, supporting EHOs and the Commissioned Corps. He resides in Winder, GA with his wife Kim and four children Logan, Brady, Sheridan and McKinley.
RADM Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH
U.S. Surgeon General (Acting)
U.S. Public Health Service
2013 JRCOSTEP Narratives
- Last Updated on 23 October 2013
During the summer of 2013, twenty students from ten different colleges and universities participated in the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP).
Sixteen were assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS). Narratives from these students can be found on the IHS Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) website.
ENS Erin Gymburch was assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vessel Sanitation Program - (PDF: 261 KB, 2 pages)
ENS Kelly Burvik was assigned to the National Institutes of Health - (PDF: 153 KB, 2 pages)
ENS Stephen McLane was also assigned to the National Institutes of Health - (PDF: 203 KB, 2 pages)
ENS Arthur Beames was assigned to the United States Coast Guard - (PDF: 88 KB, 2 pages)
If you are interested in the JRCOSTEP program please visit the Student Opportunities section of the United States Public Health Service website.
Chief EHO Receives Award
- Last Updated on 08 October 2013
|Chief Environmental Health Officer, CAPT Michael Welch, recently received the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Corps as the Chief EHO.|
NEHA Honors Two EHOs
- Last Updated on 02 October 2013
This year the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) honored two Environmental Health Officers from CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the 77th Annual NEHA Educational Conference held from July 9-11, 2013, in Washington, DC.
CAPT Michael E. Herring (pictured to the left) received the 2013 Walter S. Mangold Award. This prestiguous award is the highest award given by NEHA started in 1955 and recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health professional. It is named in honor of Walter S. Mangold for his lifetime dedication to upgrading the performance of sanitarians and raising the standards of environmental health practitioners. His programs helped shape the environmental health profession throughout the world. CAPT Herring received this award for exhibiting the highest levels of dedication, leadership, professionalism, and expertise that mark all aspects of his environmental health career.
|CAPT Mark D. Miller (pictured to the left) received the new NEHA Educational Contribution Award for his work related to the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER). He received this award along with Martin A. Kalis. EHTER focuses on key environmental health issues and challenges to prepare environmental health professionals for emergency response and recovery. This new award recognizes recipients for outstanding contributions within the field of environmental health. It acknowledges the recipient's work to advance and promote professional development of environmental health professionals through instruction or development of an educational or training tool.|
Recruitment Brochures and Handouts
- Last Updated on 05 November 2013
EHOPAC Business Card - fillable June 2010 version (PDF: 1 MB, 2 pages)
Environmental Health Officer Brochure May 2011 version (PDF: 371 KB, 2 pages)
EHOPAC Recruitment Handout May 2011 version (PDF: 56 KB, 2 pages)
EHO Pay Handout February 2010 version (PDF: 22 KB, 1 page)
Benefits of Hiring a COSTEP Brochure (PDF: 265 KB, 2 pages)
Securing Your First Assignment (PDF: 968 KB, 2 pages)
EHOPAC Recruitment Presentation (PPT: 5 MB)
EHOPAC Recruitment Banner Information (PDF: 224 KB)