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Call for Self-Nominations for the 2019-2020 ACOA Executive Committee

Would you like to promote the mission of the PHS Commissioned Corps and assist with activities to increase morale and enhance camaraderie of Atlanta-area officers? Have you been trying to find ways to strengthen your CV for your next promotion? Look no further!

Leadership roles as a member of the 2019-20 Atlanta Branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) Executive Committee counts under the "professional organizations" section of your category's benchmarks. Serving as a member of the ACOA Executive Committee is also an excellent way to meet other like-minded officers and advance the PHS Commissioned Corps by uniting and serving Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers and advocating their interests through leadership and communication.

Available Positions

Officers are invited to submit a self-nomination for the following positions:

1. Vice President (1 position)

2. Treasurer (1 position)

3. Secretary (1 position)

4. Member-at-Large (10 positions)

With the exception of Vice President, all positions are a one-year commitment, September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

The Vice President position is a three-year commitment. The elected officer serves consecutive one-year terms in each of the following positions: Vice President (2019-2020), President (2020-2021), and Immediate Past President (2021-2022).

Please read attached guidance for eligibility, requirements, and expectations before submitting your nomination.

Deadline for Self-Nominations - COB Friday, June 28, 2019

Required nomination information should be emailed to LCDR Erika Odom at with "2019-20 ACOA EC Nomination" in the subject line. If you have questions, please contact the ACOA President, LCDR Katrina Sloan, at

Be sure to check out the ACOA webpage for the latest update on ACOA events, uniform information and new PHS pride items.

The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) is a voluntary professional organization of Commissioned Officers of the US Public Health Service. The Atlanta COA mission is to advance the PHS by uniting, serving and advocating for the approximately 1,000 Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers.



Be sure to check out the ACOA webpage for the latest update on ACOA events, uniform information and new PHS pride items.


Commission Corp Activity  - All officers attending- whether on leave status or on duty status- should be in uniform.

Be sure to check out the ACOA webpage for the latest update on ACOA events, uniform information and new PHS pride items.

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Give a Life Program 


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association proudly supports the "Give-a-Life" program.  This Corps-wide campaign provides a life giving opportunity for everyone. 


The first ACOA event in support of the "Give-a-Life" program is encouraging Officers, family members and friends to make a commitment to be an organ donor by signing an organ donor card.


Organ and tissue transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and changes the lives of many others.  Possible donations include heart, lung, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small bowel, corneas, ligaments, and bone.  The need continues to vastly outnumber supply.  The latest statistics show there are 111,736 patients waiting for organ transplants (with many more needing tissue or corneal transplants).  Over 60,000 of those patients are described as multi-cultural and 1,785 as pediatric patients.  Over 28,663 transplants occurred in 2010.  However, there were still over 111,000 people on waiting lists. 


As members of the world's foremost public health institution, we are confident that many of you have already individually taken the steps needed to be a donor however, there are undoubtedly many others who have not - usually for a reason as simple as an absence of opportunity.  But the COA, ACOA, and partners would like to take this campaign a bit further.  We recommend that every officer sign a donor card as well as talk to his or her family members and neighbors to recruit them to make a similar commitment.


Where do you get a donor card?  A card and a brief survey can be found at  The last page of the document has a printable version of a donor card that you and your friends and family can use.  That same card can be copied and used in community-wide registration drives.  The signed card should then be permanently carried in the donor's wallet or purse.


As an enthusiastic partner in the "Give-a-Life" campaign we thank you for your support and commitment to the first ACOA event of the "Give-a-Life" campaign, the organ donor card.




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Dear Fellow Officers:


I want to thank all of you for the incredibly warm welcome at this year’s USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium, and for your continued dedication to the mission of our service. It was a pleasure to meet so many officers from around the country and hear of the work you do each day to preserve and protect the health of our nation. 

AsI detailed in my speech at the Symposium and my email to the Commissioned Corpson June 1, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been developing a comprehensive set of proposals to reorganize the U.S. government. Yesterday,OMB released these proposals for further consideration and assessment.  As expected, one of the proposals relates to the Commissioned Corps. It specifically suggests transforming the Commissioned Corps into “a leaner and more efficient organization” through a series of management improvements, including reducing the size of the Corps and building up a Reserve Corps for response in public health emergencies. 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to develop a modern vision for the Commissioned Corps that is aligned with today’s regional, national, and global challenges that I highlighted upon my arrival to the Department. The comprehensive assessment of the Corps is underway with the goal of measuring the substantial value of our officers to the federal government and providing insight on how to best maximize and evolve a contemporary workforce. In addition, we are proceeding with legislative processes to reauthorize the Reserve Corps, and have proposed funding of the Reserve Corps and training for the Regular Corps in the FY20 budget. 

The Commissioned Corps has very strong support among HHS Leadership, and all of us are working closely with OMB on an appropriate strategy that values the Corps and assures the public health and biosecurity of our nation. My commitment to you is that I will do everything I can, every day, and in every way, to honor our service, and to leave our Corps much stronger, more stable, and more capable than we have been in decades.   

I, along with the Surgeon General, Chief Professional Officers, Flag Officers, and Agency Liaisons will keep you updated on any significant developments. Again, thank you for your service and your work to better the health and prosperity of our nation.


BrettP. Giroir, MD


AssistantSecretary for Health and Senior Advisor for Mental Health and Opioid Policy


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