Chief of the Public Health Systems Strengthening Branch:Dennis D. Lenaway, PhD, MPH
Dr. Dennis Lenaway has been selected as the new Branch Chief for the Public Health Systems Strengthening Branch within the Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development (DPHSWD). In this capacity, Dr. Lenaway will lead a diverse group of programs that cover public health leadership and management development, provide support to integrated disease surveillance and response programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa, public health informatics, laboratory systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, and provision of technical assistance to countries developing their own CDC-like dedicated public health institutions.
Dr. Lenaway comes to DPHSWD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) where he served as a Senior Liaison Officer and Senior Advisor embedded within the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (OSELS), both of which support public health systems strengthening activities within the United States. Notably, Dr. Lenaway provided leadership of CDC’s multi-year effort to develop a national accreditation program for state, local and tribal public health departments.
Previously, Dr. Lenaway served as the Director of the Office of Standards and Emerging Issues in Practice within the Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice, Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research, Public Health Practice Program Office, and as Director for the Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research, Public Health Practice Program Office. Prior to coming to CDC in 2002, Dr. Lenaway spent 16 years as the epidemiologist for the Boulder County Health Department, Boulder, Colorado, and as a faculty member of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Lenaway received his MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington, School of Public Health.
We’re delighted to have Dr. Lenaway as part of our team and look forward to his contributions in establishing the PHSS branch and working with our internal and external partners to build capacity and strengthen public health systems in low-and middle-income countries.