Global Health Chronicles

Carmen Villar

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:56 - Youth and education

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Partial Transcript: Great. And can you tell me when and where you were born?

Keywords: anthropology; education; family; parents; school; sports; swimming

Subjects: Los Angeles (Calif.); University of California, Berkeley

00:07:00 - Post-college work in politics and earning a master's in social work

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Partial Transcript: So, what happened after college?

Keywords: H. Jaffe; HIV/AIDS; Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF); politics; social work

Subjects: AIDS Healthcare Foundation; University of California, Berkeley

00:09:36 - Summary of time at CDC prior to Ebola

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Partial Transcript: So, what all have you done here at CDC?

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; NCHHSTP; Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)

Subjects: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (U.S.); Nigeria; Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program; Zambia

00:11:50 - Early in CDC's Ebola response, 2014

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Partial Transcript: Well, we started seeing the data and the cases, and just horror stories about what was going on in West Africa.

Keywords: B. Obama; K. Brantly; OFDA; T. Frieden; WHO; speed; technical assistance

Subjects: Africa, West; Emory University Hospital; Frieden, Tom; Samaritan's Purse (Organization); United States. Agency for International Development. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance; United States. Department of Defense; World Health Organization

00:17:00 - President Obama's visit to CDC/Dallas and its aftermath

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Partial Transcript: Around that time—well, I guess this was September 2014, and President Obama had come to visit, so that was a huge undertaking in terms of the planning, and the logistics, and those kinds of things.

Keywords: Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU); Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital; hospital; international response; nurses; planning; president; work conditions

Subjects: CDC Foundation; Dallas (Tex.); Obama, Barack; Texas; United States. Army; United States. Department of Defense

00:22:44 - What being chief of staff meant during the Ebola response

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Partial Transcript: I’m sorry, I’m a little confused still, but just probably because I’m new to CDC, about what the chief of staff does and what the chief of staff is.

Keywords: S. Berger; T. Frieden; director; liaison; money; priorities; staff

Subjects: Frieden, Tom

00:24:52 - Insulating the response from constant questions and concerns

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Partial Transcript: I think in the end, what ended up happening was CDC came under a lot of fire after Dallas, and there was a lot of pressure to—I think one of our disadvantages too at CDC is that we’re based in Atlanta.

Keywords: Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP); HHS; Office of the Director Liaison Office (ODLNO); guidance; incident management systems (IMSs); lingo; operations; politics; prioritizing; science; technical assistance; triage

Subjects: Atlanta (Ga.); Nigeria; United States. Department of Health and Human Services

00:33:03 - Some key individuals with whom worked

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Partial Transcript: Who were some of the people you worked with from, say, the NSC or other agencies who were really important for you?

Keywords: A. Pope; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA); D. O'Connell; HHS; L. Dach; L. Petersen; N. Lurie; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); R. Klain; S. Burwell; T. Frieden; White House

Subjects: Burwell, Sylvia M. (Sylvia Mathews), 1965-; Frieden, Tom; National Security Council (U.S.); United States Food and Drug Administration; United States. Agency for International Development. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance; United States. Department of Health and Human Services

00:37:53 - Focusing on emergency preparation in the wake of Dallas transmissions

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Partial Transcript: So what happens with your part in the response after Mr. Duncan in Texas and subsequent to the nurses, that all gets crazy—

Keywords: CBP; R. Klain; domestic response; emergency preparedness; flights; hospitals; illness; partners; persons under investigation (PUIs); traveler screening

Subjects: Dallas (Tex.); Malaria; Texas; U.S. Customs and Border Protection

00:42:17 - Keeping some positive changes for future CDC responses

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Partial Transcript: It did not escape my notice that at one point you accidentally said “Zika” instead of “Ebola.”

Keywords: Emergency Operations Center (EOC); Office of the Director Liaison Office (ODLNO); after-action reports (AARs); culture; languages; lessons learned

Subjects: Congo (Democratic Republic); Zika Virus

00:46:02 - Final reflections/Pushing yourself to do more

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Partial Transcript: I do want to ask if there’s anything else when you look back at Ebola, any memories you have or any reflections you’d like to give?

Keywords: EIS; difficulty; emotional support; resilience; staff

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service