NCHHSTP – Associate Director for Health Equity Announcement

Dear Colleague,

May 6, 2021

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree has been officially appointed Associate Director for Health Equity in NCHHSTP. She will formally begin the position on May 9, 2021. In this new permanent role, she will continue to serve as lead for NCHHSTP activities to reduce health inequities among affected populations in National Center research and surveillance, policy, health communication, prevention and intervention programs, capacity building, and partnerships.

Dr. McCree has held numerous positions over her 39-year career in the fields of public health and pharmacy including academia, bioavailability research, professional association management, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice. She joined the CDC in 2001 as a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of STD Prevention, Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch (former) and served as a Team Leader/Behavioral Scientist, Intervention Research Team, Prevention Research Branch, DHAP prior to becoming the DHAP Associate Director for Health Equity in 2010.

She previously served as CDC Co-Chair for the Health Equity Goal, HIV National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to End the HIV Epidemic 2021-2025. She is Guest Editor for an AIDS and Behavior Supplement on HIV-related stigma, and was lead Co-Editor of a book focused on HIV in African American communities, African Americans and HIV: Understanding and Addressing The Epidemic and  Guest Co-Editor for a theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health.  Dr. McCree was recently honored in Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine (Masters of Public Health: The MPH Centennial, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine ( icon.  Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2012 prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland;  2018 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, American Public Health Association, Pharmacy Section; and 2017 HUCOP Alumni Legacy by Decades Award from the Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Dr. McCree completed her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Health degrees at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management with a specialty in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine with a specialty in sexually transmitted disease prevention at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Pharmacy from Howard University and is a registered pharmacist in the states of Maryland, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McCree on her permanent position as Associate Director for Health Equity in NCHHSTP.  I know the NCHHSTP family will continue to support her, as we continue our work to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities among populations disproportionately affected by HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and other related conditions.

Best regards,

/Deron Burton/
Deron Burton, MD, JD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)
(Acting Director),
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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