Christine Hahn, MD, known for her common-sense approach to often challenging situations, has wanted to help as many people as possible since she finished her training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995. She realized then she enjoys helping people live healthier lives now, as well as in the future. That led her to accept the position as Idaho’s state epidemiologist in 1996, and she continues to be the go-to authority for an array of healthcare professionals in the state, as well as the state’s public health districts. Her favorite part of the job is being able to help busy medical providers get the tools they need so they and their patients are successful. Her work overseeing the Idaho Refugee Health Screening Program has helped to provide better coordination and standardization of screening processes between clinics throughout the state in the last two years. She also has been instrumental in aligning Idaho’s immunization requirements with the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, meaning that more children are starting school with the recommended panel of vaccines. As the state’s tuberculosis controller, she has advised and supported physicians treating and managing the disease.
Hahn attended Medical School at Michigan State University and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic’s Graduate School of Medicine. She then completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center. After a two-year training program as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC, she became the Idaho state epidemiologist. Hahn served on the CDC’s Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis until June 2012. She was recently named the Medical Director for the Division of Public Health with oversight of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. She served as president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists from 2004-2005, and remains active in that organization. She is the organization’s liaison to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which sets national vaccination policy. Locally, Hahn serves on the infection prevention committees of Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s regional medical centers in Boise and is on the board of Idaho’s Immunization Policy Commission.