The CDC Leaders
Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP
Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP, is the deputy director for state, tribal, local and territorial support efforts at CDC and director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). In her role, Dr. Monroe provides critical leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system. Her efforts focus on establishing a systems approach that supports integration and collaboration among public health professionals and translating science to practice to increase the capacity and performance of public health agencies.
Since she joined CDC, Dr. Monroe has led several activities to strengthen relationships and communication with health officials, including the weekly Did You Know? emails and monthly Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences. Through these channels, OSTLTS promotes public health agency successes and their use of effective practices and innovative strategies to tackle critical health concerns. Dr. Monroe is also committed to building the public health workforce through programs such as the Public Health Associate Program and providing field support to health departments. She also oversees key activities that support higher health standards and improved health systems, such as the National Public Health Performance Standards Program and technical assistance for national, voluntary accreditation for public health departments.
Prior to assuming her position with CDC, Dr. Monroe served as the Indiana state health commissioner from 2005–2010. Under Dr. Monroe's leadership, Indiana improved its obesity ranking from most obese in 2003 to 28th in 2009; obesity decreased by 14.7 percent in youth and 3 percent in adults. Cigarette consumption also decreased nearly 25 percent, with smoking among high school students reduced 21 percent and 46 percent among middle school students. These successes led to increased visibility for public health in the state. In addition to health promotion and prevention, Dr. Monroe also focused on preparedness, preventing medical errors, and quality improvement. She partnered with Purdue University and led the design and implementation of the Indiana Public Health System Quality Improvement Project to strengthen local public health capacity, infrastructure, and public health system performance.
Dr. Monroe received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and medical degree from the University of Maryland. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Following her residency, she fulfilled a four-year National Health Service Corps commitment by practicing medicine in rural Tennessee. Dr. Monroe then joined the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at Indiana University and directed the Family Medicine Residency Program and Primary Care Center at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Throughout her career, Dr. Monroe has held several national public health leadership positions, including former president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and vice chair on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Accreditation Board. She has also received multiple awards for her teaching, clinical, and leadership skills. She was named a 2009 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal and received the 2009 Merit Award by the Indiana Hospital Association for her leadership as health commissioner. In 2010, she was presented the MVP Award by Peyton Manning on behalf of the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital for her work to improve the health of children, the 2010 McGovern Award, and the Governor's Distinguished Service Medal from Governor Mitch Daniels. In 2011, she was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University.
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