Dr. Ulder Tillman, Montgomery County's Health Officer and chief of Public Health Services, passed away on January 3, 2017. Her counterparts on COG's Health Officials Committee sent the following letter to Montgomery County officials expressing their condolences and formally honoring Tillman's many contributions to the region.
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Dear County Executive Isiah Leggett & County Council President Roger Berliner:
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Health Officials Committee (HOC) would like to formally honor the regional contributions of Dr. Ulder Tillman.
Dr. Tillman joined the Health Officials Committee upon her acceptance of the Montgomery County Health Officer position in 2003. Over the years, she has contributed to countless regional projects including the development of the syndromic surveillance program, regional response to pandemic influenza, reducing obesity, and public health preparedness efforts. Dr. Tillman recently served as Co-Chair during the 2014 – 2016 term. During this period, she led the committee in undertaking regional coordination of Ebola and Zika planning and response, drinking water emergency planning, and communicable disease coordination between member jurisdictions.
It is with Dr. Tillman’s contributions that the HOC has been successful in the enhancement of public health knowledge, coordination and services across the COG membership to improve the health and well-being of all the populations the Health Officials serve.
Dr. Tillman’s passion for promoting the health of the region will be irreplaceable. Her logical and thoughtful responses to complex regional issues made her an asset, and her disarming and infectious smile and upbeat attitude made her a friend. She will be missed tremendously.
Please accept our sincerest condolences for the loss of an exceptional public servant, a truly remarkable person, and very dear colleague.