Judith A. Monroe, MD
Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
Judith A. Monroe, MD, is a deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). In her role, she provides leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system. She oversees key activities that support higher health standards and improved health systems, such as the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, the National Public Health Improvement Initiative, and CDC’s support of national, voluntary accreditation for public health departments.
Since joining CDC, Dr. Monroe has led many activities to strengthen relationships and communication with health officials, including the popular Did You Know? and Have You Heard? email bulletins and the monthly Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences. Under her guidance, OSTLTS created the Prevention Status Reports, which highlight the status of state-level policies and practices designed to prevent 10 important public health problems.
Dr. Monroe also emphasizes the importance of developing public health leaders and the public health workforce. She helped create the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health, a one-year leadership training program that trains teams of community stakeholders to tackle public health problems in their communities. She also oversees the Public Health Associate Program, a two-year training program that provides hands-on, field-based experience to entry-level public health professionals.
Dr. Monroe is especially committed to fostering collaboration between the fields of medicine and public health to navigate changes in the US health system and ultimately improve population health. Currently, she is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to provide technical assistance to 25 State Innovation Model cooperative agreement awardees.
Before joining CDC, Dr. Monroe served as Indiana’s state health commissioner from 2005 to 2010; in that role, she focused on public health preparedness, preventing medical errors, and quality improvement.
She is a past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, former vice-chair on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Accreditation Board, and a participant in the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.
Dr. Monroe received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her medical degree from the University of Maryland. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati. After her residency, she fulfilled a four-year National Health Service Corps commitment by practicing medicine in rural Tennessee. She 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.