August 2014: Dr. Shannon Griffin-Blake Named New Branch Chief for the Disability and Health Branch

Dr. Shannon Griffin BlakeDr. Shannon Griffin-Blake was recently named the new Branch Chief for the Disability and Health Branch, Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. She will provide leadership, strategic management and operational experience to CDC’s disability and health portfolio, which includes, but is not limited, to 18 funded state programs, five national public health practice and resource centers, and disability research and epidemiology expertise.

Dr. Griffin-Blake brings to DHDD a rich experience in community engagement and mobilization, community assessment and evaluation, data collection and management, physical activity surveillance, intervention effectiveness and model development, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion and health equity.

In her latest CDC role, Dr. Griffin-Blake was Branch Chief for Program Development and Implementation within the Division of Community Health (DCH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. She provided scientific direction and programmatic oversight for multiple DCH programs, including the Strategic Alliance for Health, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Community Transformation Grants and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). Dr. Griffin-Blake assisted with the development of the Chronic Disease Management Information System (CDMIS) – a system led by a workgroup that received the 2013 CDC/ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Information Technology.

For 9 years, Dr. Griffin-Blake has served public health and targeted populations at CDC. She came to the Agency in 2005, and as a Northrop Grumman contractor, provided ongoing evaluation technical assistance and support to Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) awardees and partners. Dr. Griffin-Blake later joined the ranks of CDC employees as a behavioral scientist and was identified to lead the National Partnership with the YMCA of the USA. In 2008, she joined the CDC’s Healthy Communities Program as a Supervisory Health Scientist and Team Lead to coordinate and direct local, state, tribal and territorial efforts focused on creating healthy communities through sustainable, innovative and evidence-based community health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs. Dr. Griffin-Blake’s has also served as the architect of the CDC’s Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool and Action Guide that has been used by hundreds of communities across the country and can be found on the CDC website in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Griffin-Blake holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Promotion from the University of Georgia.

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