As associate director for communication within CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), Tracy Ingraham provides leadership and guidance about development and implementation of strategies to improve communication among state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health officials, external partners, and CDC’s workforce. This includes planning, implementing, and evaluating health communication and promotion strategies and messages for STLT health agencies and national partners to support the CSTLTS mission.
Ms. Ingraham previously served as health communication lead for the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) within CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. In this role, she was part of the division leadership team, providing strategic oversight of the division’s communication activities, including communication planning, message development, media relations, social media, and website management. Her work covered a range of adolescent and school health topics, such as protective factors for youth; primary prevention of sexual risk behaviors, substance use, and health risks among LGBTQ youth; and prevention of HIV, STDs, and teen pregnancy. Before leading the team, Ms. Ingraham worked as the DASH media lead and oversaw many communication product development and promotional activities.
Before joining DASH, Ms. Ingraham worked in the Office on Smoking and Health in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), where she served as a press officer and led development of various communication products, including the consumer publication for the 2010 Surgeon General’s report on how tobacco causes disease. Ms. Ingraham also detailed to CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), where she served as a senior member of DNPAO’s Policy and Partnership’s Team and provided leadership on high-profile division and agency priorities such as Vital Signs releases, the Weight of the Nation conference, CDC Winnable Battles, congressional briefings, and Freedom of Information Act requests. In addition, Ms. Ingraham worked in CDC’s Division of Adult and Community Health, where she launched the first Community Health and Program Services website and served as national partnerships lead in the Steps to a Healthier US program.
Before coming to CDC, Ms. Ingraham worked in the Georgia Division of Public Health’s Immunization Program and played an integral role in launching Georgia’s first immunization registry. Prior to that, Ms. Ingraham served as a military intelligence analyst for the US Navy and held other public and private positions focused on communication, policy, and information technology.
Ms. Ingraham received her BA in communication and liberal studies from Oglethorpe University.