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Choosing a New Direction. CDR Pamella Vodicka, MS, RD Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau Public Health Analyst. A career begins. …develops…. General Pediatrics Pediatric Nephrology (I/O). August ‘86 – January ‘88. Hermann Hospital

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Choosing a new direction

Choosing a New Direction

CDR Pamella Vodicka, MS, RD

Health Resources and Services Administration

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Public Health Analyst


A career begins
A career begins

…develops…

  • General Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Nephrology (I/O)

August ‘86 – January ‘88

Hermann Hospital

January ‘88 – April ‘89

  • Neonatal Nutrition Fellowship

  • Pediatric Nephrology (I/O)

  • Adult Nephrology

January – April ‘92

  • NICU & Transition (I/O)

April ‘92 – November ‘95

  • Adult Nephrology (I/O)

…and evolves…

April ‘89 – December ‘91


Beyond the white walls public health
Beyond the white walls…Public Health

12/1995 – 8/1996

December 1995 – May 2002

  • High Risk Specialist

  • Nutrition Support Supervisor

  • BF Peer Supervisor

7/1998 – 5/2002

  • High Risk Specialist

8/1996 – 12/1997

Again, a chance to evolve…

12/1997 – 7/1998


But first a chance to give
…but, first, a chance to give…

May 2002

…then what…


A pause
…a pause…

…before a new opportunity…


Dc bound
DC Bound…

September ‘04 – November ‘04

Scholars Program

SEPTEMBER 2003

  • Public Health Analyst

  • MCHB Oral Health Program

  • LCDR, USPHS

4 November 2004

…the call was answered…


A career continues to grow
A career continues to grow

  • Professional Development Subcommittee Member, 04/2004 – 04/2008

  • Diet-PAC Secretary, 04/2005 – 04/2006

  • Voting Member, Diet-PAC, 04/2006 – 03/2009

    • Professional Development Subcommittee Chair, 04/2006 – 04/2008

    • Chair, 04/2008 – 03/2009

  • Lead: PHS OBC Category & PAC Introduction, 02 – 10/2009

  • Dietitian Representative: 2011 Benchmark Workgroup, 05/2009

    • Recruitment & Retention Subcommittee Member, 04/2010 – present

    • Other duties:

      • 2006 – 2008: Billet addendum, Pediatric Feeding Team Clinic, WRAMC

      • TIER 2 MHT3, 06/2006-5/2009; SAT5, 6/2009-present

      • 2008: Continuing Promise 2008, US Navy-led humanitarian mission, Dominican Republic and Trinidad

      • Lead, Policy Ad Hoc Workgroup, 7/2010 – 3/2011

      • Dietitian Category Appointment Board, 2010 & 2011

    • National Director for Oral Health Service Systems Grants

      • Develop grant guidance and program policy in keeping with Agency mission

      • Administer grantee assistance and coordinate information sharing between Federal and State oral health programs

        • State Oral Health Collaborative Service Systems

        • Targeted MCHB Oral Health Service Systems

          • Collaboration with WIC

          • Collaboration with DCSHCN

        • School-based Comprehensive Oral Health Service

    • Intra- and Interagency liaison for MCHB’s Oral Health Program

      • Agency representative on National Oral conference planning committee

        • Nutrition and Oral Health (ADA position paper)

        • WIC and Oral Health

      • Convene expert panel workshops on national oral health issues

        • Early Childhood Caries and School Readiness

        • Perinatal Health

        • Children with Special Health Care Needs

        • School-Based Health Care

    • Bureau nutrition expert and representative

      • Healthy Childcare America, Healthy Weight Project

      • USDA Ad hoc expert workgroup, website development for My Pyramid for Preschoolers

      • ASTPHND’s document Cornerstones of a Healthy Lifestyle: Blueprint for Nutrition & Physical Activity

    …with dual responsibilities…


    If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Henry David Thoreau

    You owe no one as much as you owe yourself. You owe to yourself the action that opens for you the doors to the goodness, the variety, and the excitement of effort and success…

    David Harold

    It is only well with me when I have a chisel in my hand.

    Michelangelo


    Comments anyone

    COMMENTS ANYONE?? is because he hears a different drummer.

    CDR Pamella Vodicka, MS, RD

    [email protected]

    301-443-2753


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