OMHHE Champion

Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Champion

Judith Monroe

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) recognizes Dr. Judith Monroe, President and CEO of CDC Foundation, as OMHHE’s Summer 2020 Health Equity Champion! Dr. Monroe joined the CDC Foundation in February 2016 as President and CEO, following her role as a deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. She has dedicated her career to protecting people and saving lives.

In her work at the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe advances priority programs that improve the health of people across the United States and around the world. The CDC Foundation mobilizes philanthropic and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries.

The CDC foundation is actively supporting CDC and U.S. health departments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Dr. Monroe’s leadership, the CDC foundation has provided support to vulnerable populations; procured personal protection equipment for frontline health workers; is hiring staff for all 50 states, six large cities, tribal organizations and territories; and is supporting data solutions for contact tracing. In addition, the CDC Foundation is supporting communications and clinical research, including a portfolio with a focus on health equity.

Prior to the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe oversaw key activities and technical assistance at CDC supporting the nation’s health departments and the public health system. Throughout the 2014–15 Ebola epidemic she served as senior advisor for the domestic response. During her tenure as the state health commissioner for Indiana she served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials through the H1N1 pandemic. She envisioned and founded the ASTHO president’s challenge in 2008. This leadership platform resulted in initiatives with significant health improvements and focus of ASTHO annual meetings.

Dr. Monroe received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, a rural faculty development fellowship through East Tennessee State University, and a fellowship in obstetrics through the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Monroe was recognized in 2019 with the American Public Health Association’s Presidential Citation for her work to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, and for her commitment to the future of public health as a mentor to young physicians and public health students. She also participated in the State Health Leadership Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and received an honorary Doctorate from Purdue University in Health and Human Services.

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