Who's New

New CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden
President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden, formerly Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Frieden had been Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, one of the nation’s largest public health agencies, since January 2002. He has led efforts that reduced the number of smokers by 350,000 and cut teen smoking in half. New York City has also increased cancer screening, reduced AIDS deaths by 40%, improved collection and availability of information on community health, and implemented the largest community electronic health records project in the country. Dr. Frieden and his team have responded effectively to several urgent health problems including cases of anthrax, plague and, most recently, H1N1 influenza.  Dr.Frieden worked for CDC from 1990 to 2002.  


New Director
Laura Kavanagh, MPP
Division of Research, Training and Education
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration 

New Title V Directors
The following individuals are new to MCH or have been promoted to a new leadership position within their organization. If your program has a new Title V Director (in their position three years or less), please inform Librada Estrada.

Denise Brunett
Section Supervisor
Children’s Special Health Services
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Sam Cooper
Title V MCH Director
Texas Department of State Health Services

Karin Downs
Assistant Director for Clinical Affairs
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Riley Peters
Title V Director
Washington State Department of Health, Community and Family Health

Derval Petersen
Territorial Assistant Director, MCH & CSHCN Program
Virgin Islands Department of Health
Virgin Islands

Dr. Manuel I. Vargas Bernal
MCH Director
Puerto Rico Department of Health
Puerto Rico

Debra Wagler
Health Program Manager 1, Systems Change for CYSHCN
Nevada State Health Division