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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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OperationGiveALife.  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.

 

 

 

Free Pass to National Parks & Recreation Areas 

Did you know you can get a free pass to many of our country’s national parks and recreational areas?

 

 

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

 

 
 

This program provides officers and their dependents a free pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 years or younger are admitted free.
 

 

http://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html

See: Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military and Their Dependents
 
 For active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)

 

 

Disclaimer:  There may be a problem at some locations and obtaining the pass may not work for PHS officers 

 

 

ACOA Request for Donations for the 2018 A&C Dinner Silent Auction

We need your help!

The 2018 Atlanta COA Anchor and Caduceus Dinner Silent Auction and Raffle Subcommittee is seeking prize donations for the silent auction/raffle at this year’s Anchor and Caduceus Dinner. All proceeds benefit the Commissioned Officers Foundation Dependent Scholarship Fund.

  • Prizes can be anything fun -- so be creative!
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner with you – a chance for officers to get to know a flag officer!

*Some of the most-enjoyed items from previous years include: a chili dinner for four that was cooked and hosted by a flag officer in his home; dinner for four at a local restaurant with a flag officer

  • Mentoring sessions you offer to officers

  • Gift certificates to local restaurants, hotels, spas, golf courses

  • Tickets to sporting or theater events

  • Electronic items

  • Gift baskets or individual items from local retailers

  • Flying lessons, golf lessons, dance lessons

  • Pottery, art, crafts

  • Mentoring opportunities

  • Something else that you want to contribute!

What can you do?

  • Donate a 100% tax-deductible prize from your side business! 

Earn great publicity among your fellow officers at the same time!

 

  • Ask a friend, colleague, or favorite local business to donate something from their business. ACOA can provide a letter regarding the tax deductible status of their donation. 

All donations will be recognized in the Anchor and Caduceus Dinner program and the Atlanta COA quarterly newsletter, and contributors will receive a thank you letter from Atlanta COA.

If you have a donation or are interested in soliciting donations, please contact LT Jona Johnson at ijg0@cdc.gov or 770-488-7374 by DECEMBER 1, 2017

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ACOA Professional Development Committee 

 ACOA 2017-18 Lunch and Learn Series

Preparing for Promotions

Learn about promotions from CAPT Terry Harrison, 

Deputy Director of CDC Commissioned Corps Office.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: 11:30 pm-1:00 pm ET 

Location: Corporate Square, Building 8 Room 3B (3 Corporate Blvd NE #100, Atlanta, GA 30329)

 

Teleconferencing also available à Join Skype Meeting

or

Join by phone

(770) 488-3600 (Chamblee Dial-in Conference Region) English (United States)

(855) 644-0229 (Chamblee Dial-in Conference Region) English (United States)

Find a local number

Conference ID: 7935616

 

*Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for those who do not RSVP by the deadline.*

 

Please RSVP to CDR Naomi Tepper (gdq2@cdc.gov) and LCDR Esra Toussaint-Barrett (xgx3@cdc.gov) by Wednesday November 29th, 2017 

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Call for Self-Nomination for the 2017-2018 ACOA Executive Committee Secretary


Deadline for Self-Nominations - COB Friday, December 1, 2017

The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) Executive Committee (EC) needs to fill the Secretary position and ACOA hopes that you will be interested in serving ACOA in this capacity. In addition to the duties listed below, the elected officer will promote the USPHS mission and assist with activities to increase morale and enhance camaraderie of Atlanta-area USPHS officers. The Secretary position counts under the "professional organizations" section of your category's benchmarks. Serving as a member of the ACOA EC is also an excellent way to meet other like-minded officers and advance the USPHS by uniting and serving Atlanta-based USPHS officers and advocating their interests through leadership and communication.

ACOA needs individuals who are motivated, energetic, and committed to supporting fellow Atlanta-area officers. With approximately 500 members, ACOA is the second largest branch in the Nation and has been active in professional development, community service, communication efforts, and special projects such as the annual promotion ceremony. More information on the activities of the branch, including our bylaws, is available on the ACOA website at www.atlantacoa.com.

Duties of the Secretary

  • Records all proceedings of the Executive Committee meetings; prepares written minutes for Executive Committee. Remaining meeting schedule:

    • December —Wednesday, December 6, teleconference

    • January —Saturday, January 28 (prior to Anchor and Caduceus Dinner)

    • February—Wednesday, February 7, teleconference

    • March—Wednesday, March 7, teleconference

    • April—Saturday, April 7, Time/place TBD, in person

    • May—Wednesday, May 2, teleconference

    • June—Wednesday, June 6, teleconference

    • July—Saturday, July 14 Time/place TBD, in person

    • August—Wednesday, August 1, in person

  • Distributes notices of upcoming general membership meetings via the ACOA listserv.

  • Distributes notices of upcoming Executive Committee meetings.

  • Maintains attendance records for all Executive Committee meetings.

  • At the request of the President, prepares official correspondence for all ACOA activities.

  • Maintains official files of ACOA activities.

  • Notifies the National Association of results of elections.

  • Develops a written agenda for all meetings to be approved by the President.

  • Provides written information for the ACOA newsletter, as warranted.

  • Updates the ACOA listserv quarterly.

  • Manages the ACOA listserv and distribution of announcements.

  • Prepares correspondence for signature by the President inviting guest speakers, confirming their participation, and sending thank you letters.

  • Creates and distributes thank you letters for officers participating on ACOA committees and events for inclusion in their eOPF.

  • Serves as Chair of the Membership Committee.

  • Other duties and functions as requested by the President.

Term

To serve as the Secretary through the remainder of the operational year, which ends August 31, 2018.

Eligibility

  • All active duty and retired PHS Officers in good standing with COA and ACOA.

  • Assigned to the Atlanta metro area. Officers from all Atlanta-area HHS agencies and Atlanta-area officers detailed to non-HHS agencies are all strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Meet basic readiness requirements as set forth by RedDOG (retired officers excepted).

  • Obtain supervisory approval and include the approval with the self-nomination. An email from your first-line supervisor is sufficient.

How to Submit a Self-Nomination

In an email declaring your self-nomination, please provide the following:

  • Rank

  • PHS category

  • Agency affiliation

  • Duty station location

  • Supervisor approval

  • Basic Readiness. Please include a PDF screenshot of your readiness for 10/1/17 from Direct Access.

  • The position for your self-nomination (if your self-nomination is for one of the three specific executive positions, please be sure to indicate if you would also like to be nominated for Member-at-Large)

  • Narrative (200 words maximum) that describes your vision and goals as an Executive Committee member, prior leadership experience, previous COA or ACOA experience, and any other knowledge and/or skills you think would benefit ACOA and Atlanta-area officers.

Your narrative will be distributed to the general membership. Although narratives may be formatted for consistency prior to distribution, the ACOA EC will not check narratives for spelling, grammar, etc. Therefore, please make sure you carefully proof your narrative before submission. All narratives that exceed 200 words will be returned to the officer for editing.

Send your email with the above information to the ACOA President, LCDR Erika Odom, at iyo7@cdc.gov with "2017-18 ACOA EC Secretary Nomination" in the subject line.

The deadline for self-nominations is COB Friday, December 1, 2017.

Questions

If you have questions, please contact the ACOA President, LCDR Erika Odom, at iyo7@cdc.gov

Executive Leadership Webinar Series presents: 

RADM Anne Shuchat, MD


Dr. Schuchat began her USPHS in 1988 as an Epidemic Intelligence 

Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently CDC principal deputy director and served as acting CDC 

director from January-July 2017. She was promoted to Rear Admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service in 2006 and earned a second star in 2010. Dr. Schuchat will be speaking about her career in government service as a member of the Commissioned Corps and the key public health events that served to shape and drive her career. She will also provide personal thoughts on some of the attributes that can help anyone advance and succeed in any career. 

 Proudly brought to you by the USPHS Women’s Leadership Support Group (WLSG) and Commissioned Corps Women’s Issues Advisory Board and Topics in Public Health 


Wednesday,  December 13,2017  1-2 PM EST

In person viewing CDC Employees:

Roybal Campus, Building 21, Room 12302

FDA Employees: Hillandale Campus, Room 1210

Please register here: https://fda.webex.com/fda/k2/j.php?MTID=t2f402c4c34dfa959631e524a7603e5ce

*Please register at the link provided even if you plan to attend one of the in person viewing rooms 



 

If you have information of interest to commissioned officers please contact a member of the ACOA Executive Committee.

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