J.T. is the team lead for Partnerships and Education for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) within the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He leads training and education program development and implementation, as well as partnerships and stakeholder engagement activities for both internal (CDC) centers, institutes, and offices (CIOs) across the Agency and external (non-CDC) stakeholders including national partners such as the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
J.T.’s experience is diverse across state and non-governmental organization levels in HIV prevention services, as well as healthcare systems operations and across the acute and post-acute health care continuum. While at CDC, J.T. has worked to design and implement data collection tools and analysis of state, local, and NGO HIV prevention services. He led capacity-building efforts with awardees in public health preparedness and emergency response prior to joining the PHAP leadership team in 2013. “The satisfaction from working with state and local entities can never be under-valued as that is where real public health work takes place.”
J.T. has served as the president of the board of directors for an Atlanta community-based organization, Comizia Care, Inc. that supports single mothers to re-enter the workforce and develop life skills for long-term independence.
J.T. has an executive MBA with a focus in health care systems operations and management from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia with international studies in China, Hong Kong, and Japan; master’s of physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a bachelor’s degree in psycho-biology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In early 2016, J.T. traveled throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He base jumped off a mountain in South Africa, hiked the world’s largest water falls in Zimbabwe, and volunteered at hospitals and CBOs throughout Tanzania and Botswana.