Officers Advancing Public Health

Public Health Service officers help to advance public health every day. The following stories are but a few examples of how a range of officers are working in their official and unofficial capacities to make an impact.

Behavioral Health at Saint Elizabeths Hospital

The District of Columbia's Department on Behavioral Health’s Saint Elizabeths Hospital is a comprehensive system designed to care for mentally ill with a number of other chronic medical conditions. Commissioned officers are detailed to supplement staffing in certain professions. There are currently four USPHS officers that are detailed to Saint Elizabeths including, the three pharmacists CDR Renee Taylor, LCDR Alister Rubenstein, and LT Phillip Williams and one occupational therapist, CDR Maria Bacilio. Providing care to this underserved population can be challenging due to issues of poor compliance, lack of housing or homelessness, cognitive disabilities, and limited funds.

Click here for the entire story of CDR Renee Taylor and her fellow officers advancing health at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.


Physical Therapy in the Bureau of Prisons 

Prior to joining the Commissioned Corps, I was an officer serving in the United States Army as a physical therapist. After nearly seven years in the Army; I was torn. I wanted to continue a mission of service, advance my clinical skills and maintain my close relationship with my family. The Army offers a phenomenal career, especially within physical therapy, but I could forecast my career taking an administrative turn with extended time periods away from those I love. I chose to pursue an inter-service transfer to the United States Public Health Service. The Commissioned Corps has offered the best of all the uniformed services in my opinion, allowing for a commitment to serve others while offering a balance between administrative and clinical involvement. I continue to work alongside paramount clinicians and my pride of serving in uniform has continued to grow. 

Click here for CDR Feda's full story about serving in the Public Health Service and Bureau of Prisons.