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Serving Those Who Have Served
As I write this note, we are at the height of the COVID-19 crisis. This situation has changed all of our lives in many ways small and large. While we all work to care for ourselves and our families during this time, we are also reminded that FDA is working hard for all of us. We all know from personal experience how dedicated and relentless the agency is during a crisis, and we all undoubtedly have our current and former colleagues at FDA closely in our thoughts during this difficult time. This situation makes it even more important that we think carefully about how FDAAA can best achieve our goal of "Serving Those Who Served."
The first year serving as your President has been an exciting challenge, particularly as I got to know and work together with incoming Chair Deb Autor, Co-Chair Dr. Robert Brackett, Vice President Anne Marie Finley, new and existing Board members, Committee Chairs and members and all of you dedicated current and former FDA'ers.
It was also a year of transition as the organization did some refocusing of leadership responsibilities and priorities with Deb, Anne Marie and I dividing up responsibilities for overseeing and supporting all of the FDAAA Committees.
The FDAAA wishes to Thank Dr. Fauci
You might have noticed Dr. Fauci has been in the forefront of dealing with the Coronavirus Crisis and COVID-19. In 2018, The FDA Alumni Association presented our most prestigious Harvey W. Wiley award to Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD. Dr. Fauci represents the best qualities in our career federal scientists. Our association is proud to recognize him for all that he does for every citizen in this country. Dr. Fauci is the Director, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, within the National Institute of Health.
The FDAAA Alumni Advisor Program
The FDA Alumni Association Advisor Program's (FDAAP) mission is to assist current Agency managers in becoming more knowledgeable, skilled and effective in leadership roles. In partnership with the FDA Alumni Association and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), FDAAAP pairs respected retired FDA/ORA Managers (Advisors) with FDAAAP participants, current ORA supervisors/managers (Learners), in an open, trusting and confidential mentoring relationship. The goals of this relationship are to share knowledge, experiences, organizational values, and encouragement with Learners in the continued development of management techniques, desired behavioral traits and leadership competencies.
Associate Member Liaison Committee
Late 2019 saw a transition for the Associate Member Liaison Committee with new chair, Huong Huynh, Ph.D. With coordinated efforts and support from the Board, the Liaison Committee has held monthly meetings since January 2020 and developed the following mission statement. The committee members have identified four pillars on which the committee will focus to meet its mission statement.
Huong Huynh. PHD
The Association's core mission is to help alumni stay in touch with the issues of the day facing the FDA and support the agency's public health mission through expertise- and experience-sharing, training and outreach opportunities. Membership is open to the thousands of FDA alumni and current employees nationwide.
The Association offers a variety of educational and service-oriented activities designed to broadly appeal to the diverse backgrounds and interests of Association members. In doing so, the FDAAA strives to meet several goals:
- Enable former colleagues to stay current on major scientific and regulatory issues facing FDA.
- Educate the public about the vital work of the FDA and promote interest among America's youth in national service careers and public health opportunities at FDA.
- Assist FDA in recruiting alumni with specialized expertise and institutional knowledge during critical situations.
- Consult with foreign governments on the establishment and operation of national regulatory programs.
- Honor exceptional contributions to public health by former FDA employees and other individuals.
- Support special events and functions to promote FDA's mission.