About STD Surveillance, Operations & Data Administration

Our mission is to improve public health practice and program science through continual advancement of STD and viral hepatitis prevention, using principles founded in epidemiology, health policy and planning, and data-driven surveillance initiatives.

We Strive To…

  • provide statewide management for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and hepatitis prevention programs
  • provide data management oversight for STD, hepatitis, HIV screening and division-wide data interoperability initiatives
  • improve and enhance surveillance and operational activities
  • continuously enhance data quality management
  • provide accurate and timely data analyses
  • provide innovative data functionality and visualization
  • provide cost effective and innovative data collection mechanisms
  • provide accurate and timely grants management and data-related support
  • improve program performance and operations through advancements in informatics initiatives
  • facilitate professional collaborations that strengthen intellectual and operational capabilities
  • initiate, and promote discussion of, research that enhances program planning and development

We Value…

  • dissemination and advancement of knowledge-based approaches and communications that enhances productivity and healthy outcomes
  • data-driven leadership that focuses on improved operational vision and efficiency
  • comprehensive understanding of public health principles and practice
  • expertise in epidemiology/surveillance, operational planning, data quality management, and public health informatics
  • excellence in work performance, teamwork, initiative and creativity

Virginia’s STD Surveillance, Operations, & Data Administration (SODA) Program is comprised of four sections, resides within the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Disease Prevention, and is responsible for statewide STD and hepatitis C prevention as well as various division-wide data management activities.

Acting Director, SODA Ashley Carter, MPH

The Epidemiology and Surveillance section focuses on STD surveillance. Staff are responsible for statewide STD prevention activities, expanding STD sentinel and population surveillance initiatives, mapping and spatial analyses, and developing and maintaining data entry performance management.

Epidemiology & Surveillance ManagerOana Vasiliu, MS

CDC Field EpidemiologistRiver Pugsley, MPH, PhD

Program Analyst Michelle Reeves

STD Epidemiologist – Nan Haugan, MPH

QA Coordinator – Pamela Kelman, MPH

Lead Records Technician Kevin Jones

Syphilis Reactor Desk – Vacant

The Policy, Planning, and Communications oversees viral hepatitis and STD policy initiatives, strategic planning, and coordination of communication via various platforms, technical assistance, and training opportunities statewide. Policy, Planning, and Communications also administers community-based and point-of-care syphilis and hepatitis testing initiatives.

Manager, Policy, Planning and CommunicationsAshley Carter, MPH

Health Promotion & Planning CoordinatorEmily Cothran

Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologist –  Rachel Culp, MPH

Viral Hepatitis Testing CoordinatorCameron Rose, MPH, CHES

Viral Hepatitis Linkage to Care CoordinatorAlyson Scullin, MPH

Viral Hepatitis Prevention TechnicianJay Melton

The Data Administration and Informatics section focuses on general data administration for various Division initiatives including informatics/Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR) capacity building, Maven administration, and HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) Data Management. In addition, other technologies such as data visualization and clinical division support tools are assessed for applicability.

Data Administration and Informatics ManagerJennifer Loney

STD/Maven Data ManagerRaid Mohaidat, MS

InformaticistMerylyn Huitz

HIV CTR Data ManagerChaitali Roy

SQL Programmer – Neehar Gollapudi

Operations Analyst – Stephen Barber

Data Analyst Jean Cadet, MD, MPH

The Field Operations section oversees and/or coordinates STD-related investigations within local health departments, including partner services, treatment, and linkage and retention to care for relevant patients. Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) conduct voluntary interviews with patients to obtain the names and contact information of their sexual partner(s) and then use that information to contact a patient’s sexual partner(s) and inform them of their potential exposure to an STD or HIV.  Field Operations also develops relevant procedures related to patient/partner follow up and active referral, provides technical consultation, and training to district health departments.

Co-Manager  Jeff Pagan-Laureano, MPA

Co-Manager – Tammie Woodson

Regional DIS Coordinator (Central) – Vacant

Regional DIS Coordinator (Northern) – Megan Rei, MPH

Regional DIS Coordinator (Eastern) – Stacey Dennis

Regional DIS Coordinator (South) – Aimee Dickenson, MPH