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Bio: Dr. Catherine Brown received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, after which she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She then moved to London to earn a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College. When she returned to the United States, Dr. Brown worked as a wildlife veterinarian for eight years.  She was the staff veterinarian for DuPage County’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Illinois, and then moved to The Humane Society of the United States’ Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. During this time, she also pursued a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University.

Following graduation, Dr. Brown was awarded an Applied Epidemiology Fellowship sponsored by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. During her fellowship, Dr. Brown worked with the New York State Department of Health.

Dr. Brown has served as the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health since 2006, where she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. In December 2015 she also assumed the title of Deputy State Epidemiologist. Since 2011 she has served as the Chair of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, which is the public health guidance document used nationally to reduce the risk of rabies in domestic animals and people. Dr. Brown is also active nationally in public health activities related to both mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases. She enjoys interacting with the DVM-MPH dual degree students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University and participates in teaching a class designed to introduce the students to subject matter experts on public health topics of veterinary importance.

Dr. Brown is most proud of a 2010 Humane Endeavors award from the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the 2013 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Mentoring award.

Location: Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

Description: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS) is comprised of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization, the Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention, the Division of Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and HIV Surveillance, the Office of HIV/AIDS, the Office of Research and Evaluation, the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS) and the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MA SPHL). Bureau staff are located at the MDPH state Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, the MDPH main office at 250 Washington Street, Boston Massachusetts, and in six regional offices around the state. The Bureau encompasses work that includes surveillance for over 90 infectious diseases reportable at the state and national levels; outbreak prevention, identification, investigation and control activities; contracted counseling and testing services for HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis; public health data research and evaluation; and public health outreach and education.

The Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network is operated by the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS) within BIDLS.  MAVEN is a web-based integrated disease surveillance and case management system that enables state and local health departments to appropriately share public health, clinical, and case management data efficiently and securely over the Internet. MAVEN improves data management and analysis (Troppy et al. 2014) and captures all relevant information on notifiable conditions. It is configurable for specific diseases and conditions, case and outbreak investigation, survey design, and data collection purposes, and is easily modified to capture additional information as circumstances change, such as new variables for disease reporting or case management. The system fully interfaces with MDPH’s Health Information Reporting Portal and can exchange information with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via standards-based electronic messaging.