Chief, Education and Training Services Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Gabrielle (Gaby) Benenson, MPH
Chief, Education and Training Services Branch (ETSB)
Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance
Gabrielle (Gaby) Benenson is the Chief of the Education and Training Services Branch in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Ms. Benenson leads communication, education, and training activities to help CDC programs and partners get quality, accredited educational activities to the public health workforce. ETSB helps CDC programs design, accredit, manage, and promote learning opportunities for health professionals to improve health. ETSB also builds the capacity of health educators, e-learning developers, and trainers to develop high-quality training. In her current role, she has led efforts to share training and education practices across programs (including DSEPD’s fellowship programs), develop CDC’s Quality Training Standards, provide recommended training effectiveness questions, create a new site to help people easily find and develop public health trainings, increase reach of training promotion efforts, modernize learning systems, and expand CDC’s capabilities to offer continuing education to the public health and healthcare workforce.
Ms. Benenson first joined CDC in 2000 as a Health Education Specialist in CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), where she developed training materials and tools for TB health professionals and patients. Her work in tuberculosis led her to her next position, leading the Quarantine Training and Education Team in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). Her team developed training, education, and communication tools to help partners and staff confidently perform their role of protecting U.S. ports of entry from public health threats.
As communication and education needs continued to grow, in 2009, she became the first Associate Director for Training, Education, and Communication for DGMQ. For six years, she led communication and education teams in a number of public health emergency responses, including the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak. When not responding to emergencies, she led a team to provide professional development for staff, coordinate communication efforts across the division, raise awareness about DGMQ, build partnerships, and respond to media inquiries.
Ms. Benenson earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, specializing in Health Behavior and Health Education, and her Bachelor of Health Science degree from James Madison University.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, and reading.