Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS)

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
Celeste Philip, MD, MPH

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, is the acting director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) and the Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases (DDNID) at CDC. CSTLTS is CDC’s connection to health officials and leaders of public health agencies, as well as other government leaders who work with health departments. In her acting role, Dr. Philip leads CSTLTS to enhance the public health system by helping state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health agencies deliver high-quality services to the people and communities they serve. CSTLTS collaborates with partners to strengthen public health services, build a diverse, expert public health workforce, promote evidence-based practices, and advance health equity.

Dr. Philip joined CDC in March 2020 as the Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases, where she built a team to support data modernization, health equity, social determinants of health, and diversity, equity, inclusion & accessibility across the DDNID community of practice and CDC. Her team has created a unified approach to data modernization that incorporates expertise from across the community of practice, and she is committed to supporting STLT health agencies in ensuring their data systems are updated, automated, and interoperable.

Dr. Philip brings a wealth of STLT public health agency leadership experience to CSTLTS and CDC, including experience as a health official at both the state and local levels. Before joining CDC, she was the Health Officer for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services in Santa Rosa, California, where she oversaw the public health division during a period of unprecedented response efforts, including the Kincade Fire, numerous public safety power shut-offs, and health service provisions for people experiencing homelessness.

Previously, Dr. Philip was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve as Florida’s Surgeon General and Secretary of Health from 2016 to 2018. She managed a $3 billion budget and more than 13,000 full-time employees and led the state-wide response to the Zika virus; directed the state’s Emergency Support Function—Public Health and Medical Services —during five hurricanes; and guided the redesign of the state’s HIV program to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis in all 67 counties. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Philip was Florida’s Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services.

Dr. Philip received a bachelor’s degree from Howard University (magna cum laude) in Washington, DC, and both a Master of Public Health degree in maternal and child health and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University in California. She is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine and holds medical licenses in both Florida and California.

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