Jamie Lee Miller

August 31, 1950 - December 7, 2020
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CDC left a message on October 18, 2021:
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of former CDC employee Jamie L. Miller (Purser). In 1974, Jamie joined as a public health advisor with the Field Services Branch, Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), and worked at CDC for 37 years until her retirement in 2011. For much of her career, she was assigned to the California Department of Public Health where her vision and enthusiasm helped support many innovative STD/HIV prevention projects. Jamie made exceptional contributions to STD screening, surveillance, and program evaluation. She played a major role in the early development of the CDC’s Infertility Prevention Project, partnering with Title X family planning clinics throughout California to enhance chlamydia and gonorrhea screening and treatment for young females. She was also recognized as a leader in the Region IX Infertility Prevention Program. Jamie also spearheaded efforts to implement high-impact, high-quality chlamydia, and gonorrhea screening in juvenile justice facilities in California well before many STD programs. She created sustainable models with screening upon intake into juvenile correctional system to maximize the number of youths screened and assessed program effectiveness. The chlamydia screening rates in these juvenile hall programs were among the nation’s highest because of Jamie’s efforts. Jamie’s commitment to enhancing STD and HIV prevention and care in the correctional system also led to long lasting partnerships between public health and correctional health programs. Her trusted relationships enabled her to co-lead a demonstration project, which served as the foundation for establishing the condom distribution program within the California state prisons. Jamie was ahead of the times in establishing demonstration chlamydia screening projects outside of clinical settings, including nighttime field-based screening for men crossing the border, pharmacy-based screening, rural health screenings, and other non-clinic-based screening projects to increase chlamydia detection and treatment for populations in need. She was also an early advocate for electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) collaborating with public and private laboratory directors to establish standardized approaches for the collection, storage, and use, to improve public health surveillance in California. Jamie was adept at identifying lessons learned and best practices, recognizing the value in dissemination of that information across programs to expand the scope and enhance the quality of interventions and advances in the field of STD. Jamie was an active member of DSTDP’s National Performance Measures Working Group and an ardent advocate for health department program improvement and evaluation especially in the area high-quality screening programs. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, and her master’s degree in public health from Emory University. A dedicated public health advisor, she was one of the first wave of females hired to the CDC public health advisor program. Always generous with her time and expertise, Jamie was a role model and an outstanding mentor to many women seeking to build careers in public health. Jamie was involved with many community groups and organizations. She served on the Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice Commission for more than 15 years, twice serving as co-chair. She volunteered as a writer’s coach at Richmond High School for the WriterCoach Connection program. During the past few years, she volunteered as a docent at the Rosie the Riveter National Park. As its annual dinner co-chair, she served on the development committee for the Rosie the Riveter National Trust. You may add your memories and condolences to Jamie’s Memorial Tribute on CDC Connects. For additional information, please email Romni Neiman (404) 718-7857.
Marcia Pendleton-Sacco left a message on December 30, 2020:
Occasionally in life you meet that very special person who it is a privilege to call a friend. We have lost a very dear friend, the kind of friend that is family. Like when a family member dies, we don’t “get over it”. We learn to live with it. It may get different, it may get easier, but it is always with us. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” (CS Lewis quote) Don't ask me how I'm doing... don't ask if I'm okay ... don't say they’re in a better place, you won't like what l say … l won't try to be positive ... it wasn't for the best ... my heart’s in broken pieces ...and it hurts deep in my chest ... don't tell me, you know how l feel ... even though it's true ...this grief is mine, for what length of time... it takes me to get through. Stephen, know that we are here, we will just listen, and offer you a shoulder ... we’re all on a journey in one way an another ... find piece in your heart to know there was no more, you could have done ... even those with all the money and treatments in the world, still can't save ... our thoughts are with you ... And your wonderful wife Jamie who will live in your heart forever ... be kind to your heart ... ❤ Jamie was a force of nature. A tornado that blew in from Kansas. Unique, Educated, Worldly, Adventurous and at times Daring. So lively, natural, easy and quick. That inquisitive mind was never quite satisfied, she always wanted more. She opened me to new perspectives with her open minded, non-judgmental, empathetic approach to all. A true humanitarian. She made a change in this world, one person at a time. I’m so grateful to have been one of those people. So many things I never would have done were it not for Jamie’s influence. She helped me to grow and experience life. My best memories have Jamie in them. I am blessed to have known her and had her friendship for the last 40 plus years. She was a gift from God that never tired of giving. She will live on in my heart forever. Until we meet again. My best friend. Our love and thoughts are with you as you cope with the loss of your wife, best friend and soul mate.
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