Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH
Acting Associate Director of Policy
Corinne Graffunder is the Acting Associate Director for Policy for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of the Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) is to identify and advance opportunities to use policy and leverage health system transformation and other sectors to improve the public's health.
Under Dr. Graffunder's leadership, OADP furthers opportunities to strengthen collaboration between public health, health care, and other sectors, with special focus on those opportunities expanded by the Affordable Care Act; conducts analysis to identify high-value public health policies and interventions to improve population health; and increases the understanding and use of the highest quality public health scientific and programmatic analysis to inform policy decisions, health care, and the business community.
Specific activities include deepening collaboration with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services leading to CDC's active participation in the Healthcare Innovation Challenge Awards and State Innovation Model Grants and developing A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments: Providing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Services to Medicare Beneficiaries; catalyzing Leveraging through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity to assist local, state, and national public health leaders to prepare for changes driven by the ACA; leading CDC's elevation of public health and health care collaboration to an agency priority; advancing the National Prevention Strategy on behalf of DHHS through the establishment of the National Prevention Council and National Prevention Council Action Plan, called for by the Affordable Care Act to provide coordination and leadership at the federal level regarding prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices; and sponsoring the Institute of Medicine report on Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, which has helped galvanize the field.
With more than 25 years of experience working with national, state, and local prevention efforts, Dr. Graffunder most recently served as CDC’s Deputy Associate Director for Policy and previously was the Director of the Office of the National Prevention Strategy.
Since joining CDC in 1987, Dr. Graffunder has held numerous leadership positions. She worked on tobacco and cancer prevention and control in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control and then on intentional and unintentional injury prevention efforts in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control where she served as Associate Director for Program Development and Integration.
Before joining CDC, Dr. Graffunder worked for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in a variety of capacities, including District Director of Health Education for the Pee Dee II Health District in Bennettsville, SC.
She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina's Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management. Her Masters of Public Health and Bachelors of Science in Health Behavior and Education are from the University of South Carolina.
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