Howard Koh

2014 USPHS Symposium Successful

Over 1000 Public Health Service officers and local health professionals attended the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, pictured to the left, provided keynote remarks.  Other plenary speakers included RADM Fitzhugh Mullan, USPHS (Ret.), Dr. Arthur Kellermann of the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Dr. William Lanier of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, Acting Deputy Surgeon General RADM Scott Giberson, Chief of Staff CAPT Robert DeMartino, RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer (Ret.) of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Dean Barbara Rimer of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  It was a fantastic opportunity for continuing education credits and to collaborate with PHS officers from across the country.

Below are some video recordings from the conference.

Opening Keynote (Slade-Sawyer, Rimer, Koh):  click here

Luther Terry Lecture (Kellermann):  click here

Engineer Category Day (Beck):  click here

Closing Keynote (Currie, DeMartino, Giberson, Lushniak):  click here

PHS Officers Guide

Authors Release New PHS Officer's Guide

During the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, authors CAPT Jim Knoben (Ret.) and CAPT Alice Knoben released their new and improved PHS Officer's Guide, a must-have for every officer in the PHS Commissioned Corps. RADM Boris Lushniak wrote, "The Public Health Service Officer's Guide is an excellent reference... (that) provides an opportunity for officers to enhance their knowledge base."

Chapters in the book include: Uniformed Service Essentials, Leadership Principles, Courtesy & Protocol, Ceremony Protocol, Special Duty Positions, Communications, Meetings, Table Protocol, and much more. The appendices include planning for various ceremonies, Dining-Out, formal receptions, and distinguished visitors.

COA members can buy copies for $15 each. Click here for the order form.

2013 Anchor & Caduceus Dinner

The 2013 Anchor & Caduceus Dinner was a success! 17th US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, delivered the C. Everett Koop Memorial lecture on May 21, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. His remarks linked the legacy of Dr. Koop to public health today.  Dr. Carmona's comments were well-received by the large audience.

Ben Shelly, President of the Navajo Nation, accepted an award for his work to create smoke-free casinos.  President Shelly's presence was the first time an elected leader of a sovereign nation attended the symposium.

RADM Sven Rodenbeck, USPHS, highlighted the 100th anniversary of the Engineer Category of the Commissioned Corps.

VADM Michael Cowan, USN (Ret.), 34th Surgeon General of the US Navy, presented Dr. Carmona with the 2012 AMSUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event was sponsored by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF) in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Alternate Health Decisions Foundation, Arizona for Drug Free Youth and Communities, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, East Valley Arizona NAACP, National Association for Uniformed Services, Sirona Dental, Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education and Prevention Project, and the ViON Corporation.

2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

The 2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, held in Arizona, was a success.  Attendance exceeded 1,000 and feedback from registrants was positive.  The symposium was the 48th annual conference for Commissioned Corps officers.


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2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

2011 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium




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