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Miryam C. Gerdine M.P.H.

Miryam Gerdine, MPH was recruited to join the Proyecto Salud clinic Board of Directors in 2005, by a previous President of the Board, Ms. Silvia Casaro, MSW. Throughout her board service, Miryam utilizes her professional relationships to bring support and resources to the clinic and it's leadership. While Miryam was Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Hispanic Employee Organization, she organized for the members to donate pharmacy cards to Proyecto Salud. In 2007, Miryam successfully nominated the clinic for the Latino Caucus for Public Health award and under Miryam's term as President of the Board, she oversaw the hiring of it's current Executive Director. Each day, Miryam is appreciative of what the Proyecto Salud clinic means to the community, as she remembers her childhood as a Limited English Proficient immigrant benefiting from clinics similar to Proyecto Salud.

Miryam's career at HHS began in 1996, with the support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She was selected the Edward Roybal Public Health Fellow and her placement was the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Miryam has been working within the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) for more than fourteen years. In April, she joined the newly created OPHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and is currently staffing the HHS Adolescent Health Working Group; assisting with the management and overseeing of the OAH contract on Communications and website; and assisting in the overseeing of the grants management for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding. Prior to OAH, Miryam was at the Office of Minority Health (OMH). In her five years in the office, her responsibilities included staffing several HHS committees such as the OPHS, Women's Health Coordinating Committee, the HHS Health Information Technology and Underserved Populations workgroup, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Reports Interagency workgroup, the National Center for Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Subcommittee on Populations, and several of the Healthy People workgroups, including the Health Communications and HIT, Family Planning and the Adolescent Health workgroups. Miryam provided technical assistance on the NCVHS publication "Eliminating Health Disparities: Strengthening Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language in the United States". Miryam has also worked on the last six AHRQ National Healthcare Disparities Reports. Miryam also staffed the OMH leadership on the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities initiative. Prior to OMH, Miryam worked in the (ODPHP) where she oversaw the management of the monthly Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) Chaired Healthy People 2010 Progress Reviews and from 1998-2001 was the Healthy People Consortium Coordinator. Miryam's first assignment at HHS was working on the Healthy People 2000 Progress Review on Hispanic Americans. From December 2002 to May 2003, Miryam was on detail to AHRQ and served as the Public Health Analyst on Minority Health in the Office of Priority Populations and in the Summer of 2000, she was detailed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Global AIDS Program in Mozambique as a Public Health Advisor. Miryam is the recipient of a few Office of Public Health and Science awards. In 2009, she received the Office of Public Health and Science, Outstanding Team Performance Award for the National Partnership for Action (NPA), "for outstanding Team performance in improving coordination and collaboration on health disparities efforts at the national, regional, state, tribal and community levels." Others include the Office of Public Health and Science, Outstanding Team Performance Award for assisting in the preparing of the publication Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review (2007); the Secretary's Team Award for planning, developing and implementing Healthy People 2010 (2000); the Secretary's Team Award for developing and implementing Women Living Long, Living Well, (1999); and the Assistant Secretary for Health/Surgeon General Leadership Award for coordinating the Healthy People Consortium, (1998).

Prior to moving to DC, Miryam was a graduate student in Social Work at Boston University. She is a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). While at PSU, she was the recipient of the PSU Hispanic for Academic Progress Scholarship and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has completed the Certificate in Health Disparities and Health Inequalities. In the Fall of 2003, Miryam was accepted into the Hopkins University Graduate Division of Business and Management Leadership Development Program for minority managers and in April 2006, Ms. Granthon was selected as a National Hispanic Science Network Fellow on Drug Abuse sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes on Health. In the Fall 2009, Miryam was asked to serve as an Advisor to the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and was elected President of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Latino Caucus for Public Health. She has been an APHA member since 1996 and has had previous leadership roles within the Latino Caucus and APHA.

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Locations

Wheaton

11002 Veirs Mill Road
Silver Spring Maryland 20902
301-962-6173

Olney

18111 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, Maryland 20832
Suite 312
301-260-1073