Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA serves as Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA where she provides agency leadership, direction, and accountability for CDC's policies and programs to ensure they are optimally effective in improving minority health and achieving health equity. In this capacity, Dr. Liburd also serves as the agency lead in coordinating CDC engagement with HHS, other federal agencies, national organizations, and the public on issues of health equity. Prior to joining the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Dr. Liburd served for 7 years as Chief of the Community Health and Equity Branch where she directed a broad range of public health programs addressing community health, the elimination of health disparities, the social determinants of health, and achieving health equity including the REACH U.S. program which is one of CDC's flagship health disparities initiatives.
Dr. Liburd has written extensively on community-based public health approaches to chronic disease prevention and control, the influence of culture and gender on health beliefs and behaviors, and the elimination of health disparities. Her first edited volume titled Diabetes and Health Disparities: Community-based approaches for racial and ethnic populations was published by Springer Publishing Company (2010). Dr. Liburd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a Master of Public Health in Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Anthropology from Emory University.
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