Before joining the U.S. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Since 1993, most of his professional efforts focused on serving those in underdeveloped, underserved global settings. Promoted to Distinguished Consultant in 2005 and nominated for the 2005 CDC Charles C. Shepard Award, he completed the 2004 Senior Executive Services (SES) candidate development program and is certified by the Office of Personnel Management. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. Before retirement from CDC in 2010, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.
Now Research Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, he directs the King Abdullah Fellowship Program (http://kingabdullahfellowship.com); and is PI of the exciting, new Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development (http://www.africacdc.institute/). Jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology at Emory, he also holds an Adjunct appointment as Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and at the University of Georgia, School of Public Health.
Teaching three classes at Emory: GH 504 Effective Oral Communication; GH 592 Successful Scientific Writing; and GH/EPI 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance, he directs the Research Skills Development Course (www.researchskillsdevelopment.com) and the Case Study Design and Development Course (https://casestudydevelopment.com/). He also teaches Transforming Public Health Surveillance (https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0013-0020-8c92f1908d0346ea8be3f09c8ef7ea4b) at Columbia University EpiSummer@Columbia (https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/research/episummercolumbia).
He has mentored 73 students through their MPH or PhD, plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program and serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice at Public Health Practice, LLC (http://www.publichealthpractice.com).
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Wed, Jun 17, 2020 TBC
Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development Strengthens Public Health and Clinical Capacities in African Union Member States Facing COVID-19Acknowledging the need to make public health data, information, messages, and training open and globally accessible – in collaboration with the new Africa CDC within the Africa Union [AU]) – we have begun training Africa’s health workforce on a large scale using best-practices, multi-communication, online e-Learning. After conducted an extensive literature review and research on current and past e -Learning programs to improve workforce capacity, we designed, developed, and deployed the IWD to provide high - level training for African health workers. Health workers have developed competencies in our four, initial online courses: Transforming Public Health Surveillance; Antimicrobial Resistance; Proposal Writing; and Leadership and Management. This not only provided an opportunity for healthcare workers to grow in their respective fields, but also presented them opportunities to review global reports, identify technological challenges, and implement new strategies to improving global health practice. Evaluating data analyses has allowed assessment of standards and provided an opportunity to share findings with other organizations and institutions across Africa to assist them in improving their training and practice.
During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we designed, developed, and deployed a Clinical Community of Practice (CCoP) to provide the clinical community with real-time data, science-based information, and new findings and developments. Using disruptive technology, the Africa CDC IWD connects the clinical community to weekly webinars designed to prepare them for the COVID-19 pandemic. Using advanced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods, weekly reports go to subscribers and link them to our learning management system (Canvas), a one-stop Hub for scientific information. They include statistical analyses of participants; new developments surrounding COVID-19 treatment and detection; and updated terminologies and standards about the pandemic. Reviewing the weekly analyses allows the Africa CDC IWD identify challenges and successes.
We also deploy strategies to recruit new subscribers and panelists, develop weekly content and topics that engage those within our global outreach and use an array of digital tools to measure CCoP outcomes. As global health relies heavily on digital technology, we value establishing outreach through the multi-communication social media channels to engage subscribers. Using various platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter) we share scientific information and refute rumors. We explore and use innovative approaches (e.g., clipped, edited, uploaded video content in Canvas; progressive management tools like Asana and Slack; digital business conferencing with Zoom; and mobile apps like Telegram) for administrators and participants to engage with one another to make accessibility and information appealing. With these strategies, we aim to improve global public health practice. And with M&E, we identify approaches and methods that are useful and those that aren’t. We thoroughly review all systems and publications to develop new strategies for training and implementation across the globe. With modern resources and constructive feedback, we can provide support and recommendations for organizations to function at highest standards.