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Dennis D. Lenaway, PhD, MPH

Acting Chief, Public Health Practice and Policy Branch (PHPPB)

Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Dr. Lenaway is Acting Chief of the Public Health Practice and Policy Branch (PHPPB). The Branch provides training and service programs for public health professionals, and supports the applied public health sciences workforce. Before coming to PHPPB, Dr. Lenaway most recently served as Chief of the Public Health Systems Strengthening Branch, Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development, Center for Global Health. He had also served as Senior Advisor and Senior Liaison Officer embedded within the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, and he held leadership positions in public health practice, systems development, and research within the Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice and the Public Health Practice Program Office.

Dr. Lenaway began his federal career at CDC in 2002. Among other accomplishments, he assisted in expanding and improving the National Public Health Performance Standards Program. He also led CDC's partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and implement a national voluntary accreditation program for state, local, and tribal public health departments.

Before coming to CDC, Dr. Lenaway spent 16 years as Division Director and Epidemiologist, Boulder (Colorado) County Health Department. He also served on the faculties of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Denver, and University of Washington School of Public Health.

Dr. Lenaway received his BS in biology and environmental sciences from the University of Colorado, and his MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.