Sachiko Kuwabara

Dir., Office of Risk Mgmt & Operational Integrity, CDC

Sachiko Kuwabara is the Director for the Office of Risk Management and Operational Integrity (RMOI) in the Division of Emergency Operations. As Director, she provides overarching strategic leadership, centralized management, coordination and guidance to identify and mitigate risks inherent in public health emergency preparedness and response operations. RMOI is committed to addressing the various aspects of emergency operations that can impact personnel, processes and performance; including the characteristics of and processes for evaluating and implementing risk and operational integrity management systems.

Prior to serving as the Director of RMOI, Dr. Kuwabara served as the Deputy for the Deployment Risk Mitigation Unit (DRMU). In this role, Dr. Kuwabara relied on her training as a psychiatric epidemiologist to help guide the development of support programs to meet the needs of agency staff working on the frontline of the Ebola outbreak. The DRMU was stood up during CDC’s 2014 Ebola Response and was tasked with addressing concerns related to responder well-being. The unit supported CDC’s mission of ensuring safer, healthier people by addressing the needs of deployed CDC staff and their families.

Dr. Kuwabara holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego; a masters in psychology and human development from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University.


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