Biography

Ursula Phoenix Weir, MPH
Acting Associate Director for Communication Science

Ursula Phoenix Weir

Ursula Phoenix Weir, MPH, serves as the acting associate director for Communication Science with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). In this capacity she is responsible for leading the Health Communication Science Office (HCSO) for NCBDDD. Ms. Weir serves as principal advisor on advancing the mission of NCBDDD by using internal and external communication strategies and tactics and plays a key role in enhancing the overall awareness of these priorities among target audiences.

Throughout Ms. Weir’s CDC career, she has held several positions at the intersection of partnerships and communication—as deputy associate director of Communication Science with NCBDDD; as deputy division director with the former National Center on Health Marketing, Division of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances; as deputy branch chief with CDC’s former Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support; as project officer with the National Center on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and STD Prevention; and as appointed co-chair to CDC’s Excellence in Public Health Practice team. Most notably, Ms. Weir served on the leadership team that facilitated the first competitive process for CDC’s cooperative agreement for cross-cutting public health partners awarded to flagship public health organizations: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health.

Ms. Weir joined CDC in 1999 as a public health advisor and has been working with CDC partnership and communication activities for more than 20 years. Ms. Weir holds a bachelor of science in multi-/interdisciplinary studies from Michigan State University and a master of public health with a concentration in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. While at CDC, Ms. Weir has co-authored articles on building evaluation capacity for HIV prevention programs, engaging stakeholders, and evaluation and technical assistance for successful HIV program delivery.