GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY COMMUNICATIONS, PARTNERSHIPS, PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND ANALYTICS SUPPORT
Bizzell supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), advancing public health interventions, policies, programs, and systems in response to current, emerging, and future public health threats. We are responsible for documenting DGHP’s partnerships on global health security and global response; maintaining a repository of communication materials publicizing DGHP analyses and science including an inventory of outbreak-related publications; and performing health economic studies and analysis of costing and expenditures to assess impact, improve program implementation, and achieve better global health outcomes.
EMERGENCY LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO SUPPORT EBOLA AND COVID-19 RESPONSE IN the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Bizzell supports CDC’s Office of Acquisition Services (OAS) in the provision of comprehensive emergency health logistics and transportation services that support CDC staff in their Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities in Ebola-affected Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) security permissible areas. Bizzell manages a team of logisticians, drivers, and vendors on the ground, supporting CDC staff, ensuring that the vehicles are well maintained and meet the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) standards, providing driver safety training, and delivering timely reports on maintenance, inspection, and usage of vehicles.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC) EBOLA RESPONSE
Bizzell supports the CDC, Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) in combatting the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak in DRC. Bizzell is part of the larger Global Outbreak and Response Network (GOARN) team of medical professionals, epidemiologists, and informaticists from CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and the DRC Ministry of Health (MoH) that work together to coordinate across the various agencies to best leverage resources and staff both domestically and internationally. Bizzell staff provide technical guidance on surveillance and contract tracing and management of associated data; mentoring and training to junior CDC staff on associated Ebola surveillance, contact tracing and data management and evaluation activities; and guidance on IPC and Ebola suspect case isolation.
DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (DLI) GENDER INTEGRATION TRAININGS
Bizzell assisted USAID with its Developmental Leadership Interns training on gender integration at Missions across the globe. Bizzell provided technical assistance and facilitated gender trainings that aimed to inform, empower, motivate, and build the confidence of USAID Asia/Middle East Gender Point of Contact/Advisors. Bizzell staff: 1) Updated DLI Interns on the status of all new initiatives, strategies, and policies within USAID and U.S. Government that relate to gender integration, gender-based violence; 2) Provided information about strategies for integrating gender equality and female empowerment into Mission strategic frameworks, Country Development Corporation Strategies (CDCS)S, evaluations, work plans, scopes of work, requests for assistance and proposals, and briefing documents, and; 3) Analyzed the level of gender integration in the program areas at each participant’s Mission and, using a template developed for the training, prepared a plan for strengthening gender integration within the DLI portfolio.
OFFICE OF AUTISM RESEARCH COORDINATION
Bizzell staff supported the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee that coordinates all federal efforts concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2018 Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bizzell staffed the IACC exhibition booth, managed shipping logistics, communications, and disseminated information to global participants. The meeting facilitated international dissemination of research and evidence-based practices to be integrated into care of individuals with ASD around the world.
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI) TOBACCO CONTROL RESEARCH BRANCH (TCRB)
Bizzell staff supported international research meetings in Cape Town, South Africa, representing NCI TCRB at the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH). This international conference drew participants from around the world, with a particularly strong presence with those across Africa, an area where cigarette smoking has seen a rise and expected to continue without strong tobacco control intervention. Bizzell supported meeting logistics for a pre-conference workshop entitled “Research to Inform the Development and Implementation of Tobacco Control Policies and Intervention” that was attended by more than 50 people from 23 different countries. Bizzell also coordinated the NCI exhibit in collaboration with CDC.