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Brown, Jae S. - September 16

jaebrownEmergency Management Specialist, CDC

A full scholarship to college and a bad attitude are like mixing oil and water. Armed with both, Jae Brown nearly threw his life away one evening while driving under the influence of alcohol and Marijuana. After receiving a stern warning and a wakeup call from the police officer that pulled him over Jae Brown decided to make a wholesale life change. But with his scholarship getting suspended due to a 1.7 GPA he had little opportunities and options. Mr. Brown had to make some hard choices in order to Change. Here is how his life has turned out after he decided to get up from his fall.

Jae S. Brown is an Emergency Management Coordinator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT). DSAT plays an important Role in the nation’s overall terrorism deterrence strategy. As an Emergency Management Coordinator Mr. Brown is responsible for managing the emergency response plans of more than 300 labs and businesses across the United States who report to him. He also is responsible for coordinating any threat within those entities that involve bioterrorism, theft, loss or release of a registered Select Agent in the US.  Mr. Brown has also coordinated the CDC’s response to events such as H1N1, hurricanes, floods, food borne outbreaks, and emergent events in several countries. His work has resulted in millions of people receiving emergency management support from the CDC.

Prior to becoming an Emergency Management Specialist, Mr. Brown was an Emerging Leader Fellow with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a competitive two-year federal internship. The program provides a unique opportunity to develop analytical and critical leadership skills in one of the largest federal agencies in the nation. The Emerging Leaders Program recruits well-qualified, exceptional leaders with an interest in public policy and commitment to public service. While serving as an Emerging Leader Fellow, Mr. Brown worked on various public health issues. One of his first projects was working directly with the Secretary of HHS on initiating an integrated Electronic Health Records Program within multiple cities in the southeast United States. Jae Brown has also worked to eliminate obesity in children through the implementation
of a double dutch camp in the city of Nashville, TN. One of Mr. Brown’s research activities includes participating in an interagency group project with the HHS’s Administration on Aging (AoA). The AoA was seeking to modernize and streamline its identification process for Evidence Based Programs by capitalizing on the best practices of other government agencies. As a result of this study the AoA, has changed how they distributes hundreds of millions of dollars by adopting our project’s recommendations. He has also co-authored the chapter A Community Approach to Eliminating the Disparities in Oral Health and Diabetes in the book DIABETES IN BLACK AMERICA: Public Health and Clinical Solutions to a National Crisis.

In addition, Mr. Brown is a soldier in the Georgia Army National Guard. Previously, he worked full time with the National Guard as a member of the Governor’s Counterdrug Taskforce team. Mr. Brown was a public health analyst within the Counterdrug taskforce. Within this role, he studied the effects of drugs on the individual and society. After which, Mr. Brown wrote and delivered dozens of speeches to diverse groups of individuals such as businesses, community organizations and schools; regarding the dangers of drugs on individuals and the community. He also taught several full semester classes on drugs in local elementary schools and developed curriculum to be utilized by schools across Georgia. He has received various awards such as the Georgia Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of multiple leadership courses to include Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course, Advance Leadership Development Course, and is a certified Advance Leadership Instructor with the Georgia Department of Defense (DOD).

Mr. Brown’s civic activities include serving on the board of the Audio Verbal Center; a public health non-profit organization focusing on improving the quality of life of the hearing impaired. He is a committee chair for the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals. As a selectee for the 2010 class of L.E.A.D. Atlanta he was recognized as one of Atlanta’s most promising leaders under the age of 33. He is a United Way V.I.P. (Volunteer Improvement Program) graduate and is serving on the board of the United Way of Atlanta’s African American Partnership where he focuses on bringing quality healthcare and services to traditionally underserved communities. He worked as an aide to the Denise Majette’s Senate and Congressional Campaigns, volunteered for several other campaigns including David Scott for Congress.

Jae is currently a Doctoral Student at Central Michigan University studying Healthcare Administration. He graduated with a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. His undergraduate studies earned him a dual concentration Bachelor's of Science in Urban Public Policy and Urban Economic Development from Georgia State University.


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