BTCD Update: Change is in the air!

News update from the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease (ADHS BTCD):

If there is only one constant, it is that change in inevitable. This week has been eventful for BTCD. We regret to announce the departure of two team members but are also excited to announce the addition of a new program to the Bureau.

Staff Departures
Two members of our Research and Evaluation team are moving on to exciting new opportunities. Research and Evaluation Director Gowri Shetty and Epidemiologist Heather Fauland are sadly leaving BTCD for new endeavors. Their last day will be November 10th.

Gowri has accepted a position as Chief Quality Officer with Magellan Health Services. This was not an easy decision for Gowri, but one that will propel her into the next era of her career development.  In her 4 ½ years as the Research and Evaluation team lead, Gowri has helped change the paradigm of how the State of Arizona views and administers a range of public health programming, not the least of which is ADHS’ re-emerging as a national leader in tobacco control. Her contributions have been immense, and will be missed.  Please join me in wishing her a joyful, productive career and life.

Heather has accepted an offer at the Arizona Department of Education as an evaluator for their USDA Program.  While Heather has only been with us since January, she has brought many contributions to the work of BTCD and the cancer control program.  Please join me in wishing Heather a continued career of excellence and prosperity.

With two vacancies in the Research and Evaluation team, we are looking at how to best address the immediate short-term needs so as to provide continued service to our partners and the public. We’ll keep you posted with any new developments.

Advances in ADHS Integration
We are happy to announce that the HIV Prevention section will transition to become part of the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, effective November 28th.

This move comes within the larger context whereby ADHS is seeking to optimize performance management and quality improvement, while implementing ways to provide more streamlined and effective services.  Prevention of HIV infection clearly fits with the primary function of Public Health Prevention Services, and as a result of medical advances, has been transformed from a uniformly fatal disease into a long-term or chronic illness. In addition to streamlining prevention efforts and resources, moving HIV Prevention to BTCD will benefit all of our prevention programs from both the expertise that HIV Prevention brings as well as what BTCD can offer with our prevention and our social marketing expertise. Please join me in giving the HIV Prevention Team a warm welcome. 

We ask for your patience and understanding as BTCD goes through some new organizational changes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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