Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS)
Julie Zajac-Cox, MPH
Acting Associate Director for Policy
Julie Zajac-Cox, MPH, brings more than 9 years of experience in program planning, performance, and evaluation to her role as acting associate director for policy (ADP) in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS), formerly the Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO).
Since October 2010, Ms. Zajac-Cox worked in the PHSIPO ADP office, where she led the development of the PHSIPO FY 2013–2016 Strategic Plan, the PHSIPO coordination of the CDC Director's Quarterly Program Reviews, and the development and reporting of performance measures required in the annual budget formulation cycle. She also has promoted and fostered the development of program evaluation skills in ADP staff.
Prior to joining PHSIPO, Ms. Zajac-Cox served as the acting chief for the Performance, Accountability, and Program Evaluation Unit in CDC's Office of the Associate Director for Program. At the request of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources Budget and Performance Branch Chief, she led CDC's effort to streamline program performance plans through the "meaningful measure" initiative, which received attention from Shelley Metzenbaum, then the OMB Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management and the author of the President's current performance agenda. Ms. Zajac-Cox was a founding member of, and remains active in, the CDC Performance and Accountability Advisory Council led by the CDC Chief Evaluation Officer.
In addition, Ms. Zajac-Cox worked for 6 years in the Office of Formulation, Evaluation, and Analysis in CDC's Financial Management Office as the lead for mandatory performance requirements, such as the Government Performance and Results Act and Program Assessment Rating Tool, and contributed to other budget formulation and appropriations activities. In 2009, she initiated CDC's first-ever performance plan reviews with CDC Office of the Director, National Center, and Division leadership across the agency. In 2010, Ms. Zajac-Cox received a CDC-ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Operations for this effort to improve the effective use of CDC funds through performance management.
Before joining CDC, Ms. Zajac-Cox was a licensed physical therapist for 12 years, treating a variety of conditions, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal injuries in the occupational medicine sector. During this time, she obtained her MPH degree, with a focus on environmental and occupational health, from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. She spent 3 years as an occupational safety and health specialist, conducting industrial ergonomic studies and providing OSHA health and safety training for numerous industries and businesses.
Ms. Zajac-Cox earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in sports medicine/wellness from Mercyhurst College.