Timothy J. Callahan; BBA
Evaluation & Support Program Director, Environmental Health Branch, Georgia Department of Community Health
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tim Callahan is the Evaluation and Support Program Director in the Environmental Health Branch of Georgia’s Department of Community Health, Public Health Division. He manages the statewide Environmental Health Information System and is responsible for establishing evaluation and support mechanisms for all environmental health operations in the State.
Mr. Callahan began his career in 1987 as an Environmental Health Specialist in the U. S. Army on Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Greely, Alaska, and at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as part of the Epidemiology Consultant (EPICON) team. Prior to promotion to the state office in 2007, Mr. Callahan worked in Hall County, Georgia for 12 years, providing subdivision plan review, food service sanitation and onsite sewage management regulatory services. His career included several aspects of environmental health, including, but not limited to industrial hygiene, emergency operations, general sanitation, and vector control operations. Mr. Callahan holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Business Management from North Georgia College and State University.
Leadership Development Opportunities
The EPHLI experience allowed me to increase my abilities by providing self assessment tools and a support structure that guided my leadership development in several ways. The systems thinking training helped me better understand where I can affect a variety of issues by revealing effective leverage points. The individual development plan and coaching focused my career direction and improved my management skills. Additionally, and most importantly, the EPHLI program allowed me to network with other leaders for the purpose of addressing an important problem immediately affecting Georgia that would otherwise not be addressed.
The CDC and other EPHLI cadre were extraordinarily supportive and facilitated my learning by providing a conducive atmosphere. They provided direction and guided inquiry as is essential for leadership training. Unlike other programs I’ve experienced, EPHLI was not adversely affected by administrative or logistic issues. This allowed my cohorts and me the opportunity to completely focus on both our project development and expansion of our leadership capabilities.
I am humbled by having been allowed to experience this opportunity. I would like to encourage any mid-career environmental health professional to pursue being part of future EPHLI cohorts.