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Meet New Commissioner of Health, Michelle S. Davis, PhD

 
monogram
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Looks like we finally have a qualified person to fill this position!!!

BA in Biology from Michigan, MS and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from Hopkins and UNC.

Michelle S. Davis currently holds the position of Regional Health Administrator (RHA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) New York Regional office. The RHA serves as the principal federal public health authority for the Secretary of HHS and the Assistant Secretary for Health. The RHA also assures collaborative promotion of the Surgeon General's initiatives.

Prior to her current position, she served as the Deputy RHA for the Mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WVA) as the health liaison between DHHS and state/local agencies, coordinated regional/national programs, recommended policies and served on the federal emergency preparedness, response and recovery team.

Michelle S. Davis has worked as a public health professional in a variety of positions at the federal, state and municipal levels. This included the Deputy Secretary for Health for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She was responsible for oversight of over 600 staff and a budget of $250 million.

Before working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania she held positions as Deputy Health Commissioner for Policy and Planning with the City of Philadelphia and Senior Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has also held positions with the states of South Carolina, Indiana and New York and at the local level with the City of Detroit and with the District of Columbia as a CDC federal assignee.

Michelle S. Davis has held several elected positions within professional organizations including; President and Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), President and Vice-President of the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Governing Councilor for the Epidemiology Section of APHA.

Contrast this resume with Mapp's previous DOH appointments (former Mapp spokeswoman Kim Jones and former sneaker salesman Juan Figueroa). Mapp finally made a good decision, it seems.

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2016 2:34 pm
monogram
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Also fitting that she is an epidemiologist with experience at the CDC in infectious disease. Perfect for combatting the Zika issue.

EDIT: she is on a two year loan from the Feds. She'll be heading back in 2018. 🙁

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2016 2:46 pm
bobn
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Fortunately, we also have a CDC trained epidemiologist with a PhD that was hired last year - just in time for the Chikungunya outbreak. It is a very good sign that USVI is attracting some federally trained individuals for positions that have/had remained vacant.

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Posted : January 26, 2016 5:15 pm
monogram
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Fortunately, we also have a CDC trained epidemiologist with a PhD that was hired last year - just in time for the Chikungunya outbreak. It is a very good sign that USVI is attracting some federally trained individuals for positions that have/had remained vacant.

It is so refreshing when we make great hires!!! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2016 5:33 pm
Spartygrad95
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I won't hold her undergrad degree from that miserable university in Ann Arbor against her.

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Posted : January 26, 2016 6:17 pm
monogram
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I won't hold her undergrad degree from that miserable university in Ann Arbor against her.

I hear MSU is still a diploma mill 😉

#GoWolverines

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2016 6:39 pm
Spartygrad95
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I won't hold her undergrad degree from that miserable university in Ann Arbor against her.

I hear MSU is still a diploma mill 😉

#GoWolverines

I was accepted to U of M. I made the right choice. Go Green.

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Posted : January 26, 2016 6:50 pm
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How do you know if someone went to UofMichigan - They tell you every 5 minutes

How do you know if someone went to MSU - They tell you that they're every bit good as a Michigan Grad, Yell "Woo Sparty" and proceed to puke all over your house, then pass out

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Posted : January 26, 2016 7:27 pm
Spartygrad95
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How do you know if someone went to UofMichigan - They tell you every 5 minutes

How do you know if someone went to MSU - They tell you that they're every bit good as a Michigan Grad, Yell "Woo Sparty" and proceed to puke all over your house, then pass out

I will refrain from disparaging comments about Michigan women.. Like I said. I made the right choice and still haven't puked and/or passed out in anyone's home

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Posted : January 26, 2016 7:29 pm
JohnnyU
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So you're the unicorn

🙂

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Posted : January 26, 2016 7:31 pm
Spartygrad95
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So you're the unicorn

🙂

I am indeed. I'm awe inspiring

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Posted : January 26, 2016 7:35 pm
East Ender
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Serious questions:

If she is "on loan", does she still have to go before the legislature and be interrogated, I mean, approved?

If she is "on loan", who is paying her salary?

Does anyone think the feds required the VI to hire her as a "fixer"?

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Posted : January 26, 2016 7:51 pm
Alana33
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And will Mapp be able to fire her?

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Posted : January 26, 2016 9:07 pm
bobn
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I would suspect that her qualifications from the federal government and her relationship thus far will be beneficial to fixing issues. There is a lot of federal funding supporting health in USVI. Hopefully, USVI will be more successful in obtaining federal funding and using the money in an efficient and effective manner. I can't help be optimistic and think this is a big win for USVI! At the very least she will be great at responding to the Senate why X amount of federal dollars wasn't spent every year.

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Posted : January 26, 2016 9:08 pm
monogram
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Serious questions:

If she is "on loan", does she still have to go before the legislature and be interrogated, I mean, approved?

If she is "on loan", who is paying her salary?

Does anyone think the feds required the VI to hire her as a "fixer"?

Great questions!!!

I do think there was something else at play here--she couldn't have applied for the job in the ordinary sense, as she doesn't intend to make the move permanent. Further, it is a significant step down from her position. She was in charge of larger operations than this many years ago....

I think HHS had a conversation with Mapp and said listen, buddy--we'll approve your hospital, but you can't appoint sneaker salesmen to run your DOH....

This is an unusual setup. Sabbatical-esque. If the feds are paying her salary, then that would cement my theory. This is simply too coincidental.

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Topic starter Posted : January 27, 2016 2:06 am
monogram
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How do you know if someone went to UofMichigan - They tell you every 5 minutes

How do you know if someone went to MSU - They tell you that they're every bit good as a Michigan Grad, Yell "Woo Sparty" and proceed to puke all over your house, then pass out

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Topic starter Posted : January 27, 2016 2:11 am
STTsailor
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Boy, she will have her full.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 11:47 pm
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