Felicia Warren 08 MPH
Since graduating from the Rollins School of Public Health in 2008, Lieutenant Commander Felicia Warren, United States Public Health Service (USPHS), has dedicated her career to protecting and advancing the health and safety of some of the world’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. In her recent role as acting deputy country director in Liberia for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Warren brought years of leadership experience in the field to managing the country office’s daily operations.
Warren joined the CDC eight years ago as a program analyst, where she coordinated national HIV/AIDS surveillance activities to assess clinical and behavioral characteristics of HIV-infected adults receiving care in the US. In 2011, Warren began working with the CDC’s Center for Global Health as a public health analyst, collaborating with senior leaders to establish policies and administrative management directives to improve the agency’s efficiency and advance its mission. Through her role as an analyst she provided technical assistance on projects in Vietnam, Uganda, and South Africa, where she helped develop the 2014 South Africa PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, a $200 million initiative that required the collaboration of multiple nonprofits, NGOs, and government agencies. During that time, Warren also served on the Outbreak Investigation Team in the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, where she helped investigate outbreaks of Salmonella javiana in 2010 and Acanthamoeba keratitis in 2011.
During the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014, Warren volunteered for a 45-day deployment to Liberia, where she conducted case investigations, contact teaching, and health promotion activities to help prevent Ebola transmission in rural communities. Following her service in Liberia, Warren earned several awards from the CDC and the USPHS, including the USPHS Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary courage and the highest level of performance in action throughout the US government’s Ebola response.
Back home in the United States, Warren is a public health advisor at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the Division of Violence Prevention, where she provides program expertise to the Violence Against Children and Youth Team. She has earned many distinguished awards throughout her career, and was most recently nominated for USPHS Public Health Professional Advisory Group Junior Officer of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment to the mission and values of the USPHS. In her spare time, she volunteers as a site visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health, advising on accreditation standards for public health programs and schools. Warren believes in enhancing public health by fostering its future leaders, and she is a gracious mentor to incoming members of her team as well as to Rollins students and young alumni. Felicia Warren has contributed widely to the advancement of public health at the local, national and international level, and we are pleased to recognize her with the Rollins School of Public Health Matthew Lee Girvin Award.