Tamara Cox

Freelance Annual Report Writer & Editor

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St. Charles, Illinois 60174
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EDUCATION
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL ? 1999
Master of Public Administration
Concentration: Health Care Administration
Thesis: “Behaviors That Place Adolescents at Risk For Chlamydia trachomatis: An
Analysis”

University of Arkansas ? 1991
B.S. in Food Service Management
Minor: Chemistry
Concentration: Nutrition

CERTIFICATIONS AWARDS
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Regional Health Administrator/Assistant Surgeon General, Office of Family Planning – Cash Award for Exceptional Rating (highest possible rating) for Annual Job Performance ? 2010, 2009, 2008
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention On-The-Spot Cash Award for work done as Interim Director of Adolescent Programs and planning and facilitating the Chicago Public Health and Corrections Institute ? 2004
• National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s Certified Correctional Health Professional Certification (CCHP) ? 2004
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Performance Appraisal Cash Award for Outstanding Annual Job Performance (highest possible rating) ? 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
• Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Unsung Hero in Health Care Recipient ? 2000
• General Mills and 7th Congressional District Health Care Scholarship Recipient ? 1999
• Disease Intervention Specialist Certification by demonstration and exam, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ? 1997
• Food Service Sanitation Certification by exam, Illinois Department of Public Health ? 2002, 1992

HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE
2008 – Present
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Population Affairs; Office of Family Planning, Region V –Office of the Regional Health Administrator/Assistant Surgeon General Chicago, IL
Public Health Advisor GS-13
[Region V Program Consultant for the Office of Family Planning]
Develops, monitors, implements, and evaluates a variety of current or projected complex, interdisciplinary public health programs involving governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations from multiple sectors at the community, State, and national levels. Develops and applies new or revised program methods, organizational structures, and technologies to carry out program objectives. Analyzes public health policies, programs, and statistical standards to advise senior management on public health policies, operations, products, and services. Plans, manages, and evaluates public health programs, projects, and study activities associated with program activities of offices and agencies. Serves as a team leader in many instances and establishes program standards, policies, strategies, goals and evaluation plans. Collects and interprets data and information from a variety of sources and prepares responses to inquiries. Writes advanced issue and background papers, a variety of reports, program policies, proposals, and other substantive program documentation
Provide overall direction and oversight for Office of Population Affair’s regulated Title X funding for Family Planning Services for Region V, which includes the states of: Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Serve as Project Officer activities for 13 funded grantees. Evaluate program accomplishments through review of reports and site visits and determine program effectiveness and to formulate corrective action where indicated. Responsible for the development and implementation of review criteria which address programmatic concerns and provide technical assistance and guidance for OASH staff, grantees and other interested parties. Represent Region V at a variety of meetings, prepare a variety of reports, position papers and briefing materials related to reproductive and public health in general. Manage an overall budget of $40.6 Million.
Plan the work to be accomplished by staff, set and adjust short-term and long term goals and objectives of program priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of the work. I determine the knowledge level and special talents of the staff when assigning work related elements, and evaluate work performance of staff; give advice, mentorship, to staff on both work and administrative matters; interview candidates for positions; recommend appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions hear and resolve complaints from staff; involved in all levels of disciplinary actions and outcome determinations; identify developmental training needs of staff, providing or arranging for needed development and training find ways to improve productivity and increase the quality of the work; and develop performance standards.

2002-2008
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field placed with the Chicago Department of Public Health Chicago, IL
Lead Public Health Advisor - Special Projects for Corrections and Adolescents GS-13
Lead Public Health Advisor - Special Projects for Corrections GS-12
[Director of Correctional and Adolescent Health]
• Provided overall direction and supervision of adult and juvenile corrections based STD/HIV program teams; administer all special projects that directly/indirectly relate to incarcerated or recently released populations; plan and implement bi-annual Chicago Public Health and Corrections Institute-national conference designed for public health and corrections officials; co-chair the Illinois Public Health and Corrections Task Force; serve as advisor for subsequent committees and local health departments and departments of corrections; liaison between Cook County Jail, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and Illinois Youth Center of Chicago; provide oversight for all adolescent programming; provide operational management for the Chicago Department of Public Health STD/HIV Prevention and Care Program; co-manage a total staff of 150 FTEs; directly manage a staff of 12; represent program at various venues relating to correctional health care and/or infectious diseases; grant writing to seek funds to sustain or enhance projects; manage 6 separate budgets totaling over $1,500,000. Planned the work to be accomplished by staff, set and adjusted short-term and long term goals and objectives of program priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work. I determined the knowledge level and special talents of the staff when assigning work related elements, and evaluated work performance of staff; gave advice and mentorship, to staff on both work and administrative matters; interviewed candidates for positions; recommended appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions; adjudicated and resolved complaints from staff; involved in all levels of disciplinary actions and outcome determinations; identified developmental training needs of staff, provided or arranged for needed development and training found ways to improve productivity and increase the quality of the work; and developed performance standards.

Cook County Department of Public Health Oak Park, IL; Maywood, IL
1997-2002 STD Prevention and Intervention Department
******** Transmitted Diseases Surveillance Manager Special Projects Coordinator Disease Intervention Specialist
Tracked and investigated over 2,000 cases of reportable STDs per month; perform statistical analysis and grant writing; primary liaison between health care providers and state/federal health officials; liaison between Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center; troubleshooter and overall resource person for department; co-supervise a professional staff of 10 FTEs; field investigations focusing on disease intervention and health care provider compliance; training staff, physicians, nurses, corrections officers, detention counselors, and other personnel regarding STD symptoms and treatment; monitored reporting and regulation compliance; health educator; STD counselor/specialist; writing and editing material and information for external distribution; writing policy and procedures for surveillance issues; wrote job description for departmental positions; implemented quality assurance measures; maintain an annual operational budget $200,000; planned special collaborations with health care professionals in correctional facilities throughout Illinois; planned and coordinated disease intervention activities for 15 suburban Cook county community based organizations.

1996-1997 Women, Infant, and Children’s Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program
Diet Technician/Nutritionist
Administered the WIC Program; counseled individuals and families regarding various nutritional aspects; determined program eligibility for over 400 families per month; conducted daily nutritional presentations and workshops for groups of 25 or more.

1995-1996
Methodist Hospital of Chicago Chicago, IL
Dietary Assistant to Nutrition Director
Operational aspects for department; managed an office and technical staff of 35 FTEs; continual training of staff on a variety of nutritional aspects; implemented policies and procedures in relation to JCAHO evaluations; continuous quality management; nutritional assessments and consultations; discharge nutritional plans for individuals and families; nutritional medical charting and documenting.

1992-1995
Community Care Skilled Nursing Facility Chicago, IL
Foods and Nutrition Director
Maintained a departmental budget of $300,000 per year (based on a census of 190 residents); wrote, designed, and implemented policies and procedures for department; total quality management; supervised15 FTEs; improved productivity, motivation, and overall performance appraisals by 100% after first year in position; designed and implemented all medical and clinical aspects relating to nutritional aspects of residents.

1993-1995
Mavin Enterprises
Lincolnwood, IL
Management Consultant
Performed management consulting functions for several privately owned skilled nursing facilities; provided workshops and trainings for managers and front line supervisors; conducted performance outcomes evaluation and time management analysis’

1991- 1993
ARA Food Service Management
Oak Brook, IL
Management Reserve Manager
Completed extensive food service management training course; provided technical assistant and managerial coverage for 4 long term care facilities; assisted with budget preparation and inventory procurement; responsible for reserve managing a collective staff of over 200 FTEs.

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Illinois Public Health and Corrections Task Force Co-Chair, Chicago, IL 2002 – 2008 Provide overall direction of the 190 + members of the Task Force with the mission of formulating policy and collaborations that focus on integrating public health and corrections.
Product Promoter/Marketer, The Eleven Agency Kingwood, TX 2004-Present ? Promote products and services for various companies and/or organizations for the purpose of increasing sales volume and/or customer awareness.
Elected Official-Public Library Trustee, Broadview Public Library District, Broadview, IL 1999-2006 ? Board Secretary; Chair of Minutes Review and Funding Raising Committees Oversee daily fiscal and operational aspects of public library district.

Sales and Special Events Volunteer, Living Word Christian Center, Forest Park, IL 1997-Present ? Assist with marketing and sale of products produced by the Center and their supporters.
Copy and Content Editor, Covenant Publishing Company, Oak Park, IL 1997-1998 ?
online and printed documentation.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
• Getting Out and Staying Healthy co-producer and editor for the Chicago Reentry Project’s documentary and monograph 2008

• Title X Updates key note presentation for the Michigan Department of Community Health’s annual Updates in Family Planning Conference, Grand Rapids, MI 2008

• MR Joesoef (GA), HS Weinstock (GA); CK Kent (CA), JM Chow (CA), MR Boudov (LA), F Parvez (NY), T Cox (IL), T Lincoln (MA), D Harpe (WI), J Miller (CA), M Samuel (CA), D Helms (GA) Gender and Age Correlates of Chlamydia Prevalence in Adolescents and Adults Entering Correctional Facilities, 2002 – 2004: Policy Implications. · Journal of ******** Transmitted Diseases 2007

• Jennifer Broad, MPH; Tamara Cox, MPA; Sergio Rodriguez, MD; Mohamed Mansour, MD, PhD; Concetta Mennella, MD; Dorothy Murphy-Swallow, MS, RN; John The Impact of Discontinuation of Male STD Screening Services at a Large Urban County Jail : Chicago , 2002-2004.

• The Chicago HIV Re-entry Project: It Takes a Community for the 16th Annual State of Illinois HIV/STD Conference, Springfield, IL 2007

• Integrating Public Health and Corrections Guest Lecturer for the University of Illinois @ Chicago School of Public Health-Epidemiology and Biostatistics EPID 594 Public Health and Corrections Spring Semester • 2007

• STDs in the Community: Making a Case for Treating in the Jail for the
Annual Conference of the Society of Correctional Physicians, Atlanta, GA • 2006

• Chicago Department of Public Health Correctional Health Initiatives Overview for
Region III Infertility Prevention Project Committee Meeting, Silver Spring, MD •2006

• Can We Get There From Here? Improving Chlamydia Screening in Juvenile Justice Centers: The Chicago Experience for The National STD Conference Jacksonville, FL ? 2006

• Broad J, Cox T, Rodriguez S, Mansour M, Mennella C, Murphy D, Raba J, Wong W. The Impact of Discontinuation of Male STD Screening Services at a Large Urban County Jail – Chicago, 2002-2004 ? 2005
• A Major New Player in Urban Health Care: The Criminal Justice System presentation at the University of IL at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Great Cities Institute Winter Forum ? 2005
• Reintegration Services for the Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Living with HIV presentation at the state of Illinois Annual HIV/STD Conference in Springfield, IL ? 2005
• The Illinois Public Health/Corrections Task Force University of IL at Chicago Public Health in Illinois Journal Volume 6, Number 1 ? Summer 2005
• HIV Discharge Planning in Corrections Workshop presentation for public health and department of correctional facilities throughout IL in East St. Louis and Batavia, IL ? 2005
• Re-entry for HIV Positive Inmates: Results from the Corrections Demonstration Project and Corrections and Public Health Team Development presentations for the American Correctional Association Annual Congress of Correction in Chicago, IL ? 2004
• HIV, AIDS and TB: How Choice Influence Health, presentation for Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Women’s Justice Services Annual Conference for Female Ex-Offenders in Chicago, IL ? 2004
• Collecting Public Health Data to Document the Burden of HIV/AIDS on Incarcerated Populations, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Issue Brief, Referenced via Personal Communication ? July, 2003
• Chicago Department of Public Health’s Infectious Diseases Initiatives Targeting Incarcerated Youth, National Conference on Correctional Health Care, Austin, TX ? 2003 Summary of presentation highlighted in Moving Forward Corrections & HIV news magazine ? January, 2004
• Planned and Facilitated Chicago Public Health and Corrections Institute, Chicago, IL ? 2004, 2003, 2002
• Screening Initiatives at Alternative Sentencing Programs Within the Cook County Jail, Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/STD Annual Conference, Springfield, IL ? 2002.
• Planned and Facilitated Cook County Department of Public Health’s Syphilis Elimination Coalition, Oak Park, IL ? 2001, 2000
• Behaviors That Place Adolescents at Risk for Chlamydia trachomatis: An Analysis (unpublished thesis) ? 1999

RECENTLY FUNDED GRANTS

Substance Abuse, HIV and Hepatitis Prevention for Minority Populations and Minority Reentry Populations in Communities of Color, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Amount awarded annually: $250,000 ? 2008, 007, 2006, 2005

HIV Discharge Planning for Corrections, Illinois Department of Public Health HIV Section
Amount awarded annually: $1,000,000 • 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004

Monitoring Prevalence of STDs/TB Infections in Persons Entering Correctional Facilities,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Amount awarded annually: $88,825 ? 2004, 2003, 2002

MEMBERSHIPS
Academy of Correctional Health Care Professionals
American College of Healthcare Executives
American Correctional Association
American Library Association
American Public Health Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Watsonian Society
Health Medicine and Policy Girls Advocacy Group
Illinois Library Association
Illinois Public Health Association
Living Word Christian Center
Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Reentry Planning Committee
Timothy Christian Schools Society
Women of Power Alumni Association Advisory Board
Skills (2) Rating
Annual Report Writing
Editing