Learn about the Public Health Division's Leadership team:
- Director, Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA
- Deputy Director, [Vacant]
- State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer, Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH
- Administrator, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Timothy Noe, PhD
- Administrator, Center for Health Protection, Jere High, ND
- Interim Administrator, Center for Public Health Practice, Collette Young, PhD
Director, Public Health Division
Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA is the Director for the Oregon Public Health Division. Ms. Shirley holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Shirley has been a local and a national leader in advancing public health. Most recently, she led the Multnomah County Health Department. Before coming to Oregon, she was the Director of Public Health for the city of Boston and was also the first executive director of the Boston Health Commission, where she led the agency through the establishment, design and organization of the new public health authority in Boston.
Ms. Shirley has been a leader in Oregon’s effort to transform our state’s health care system. While at Multnomah County Health Department and on the governing board of Health Share of Oregon, she helped launch one of the first Coordinated Care Organizations in the state. She also served as the vice-chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, and has played a vital role in the state’s move toward a health care system that works better for us all.
Ms. Shirley has served on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, the Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Sustainable Development Commission and served as President of the National Association of City and County Health Officials. She is also adjunct faculty at the OHSU School of Medicine. She received the National Public Health Institute’s Balderson Award and has been recognized by Research America as a public health hero.
State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer
Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, is the State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer at the Oregon Public Health Division. Dr. Hedberg received her undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1980, and her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1985. She completed her residency training at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Hedberg earned her master's degree in public health from the University of Washington in 1990, and is board certified in public health and preventive medicine.
Dr. Hedberg has been with the Oregon Health Authority for the past 20 years, and has worked in a variety of public health programs, including HIV/AIDS, acute and communicable disease, sexually transmitted diseases, injury epidemiology, chronic disease prevention, tuberculosis, and health statistics. Dr. Hedberg is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Administrator, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Timothy Noe, PhD, is the Administrator for the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. Noe received his PhD in Public Affairs (Public Policy and Management with a strong emphasis in organizational development and design) from the University of Colorado Denver. His work has focused on social determinants of health, organizational management and interventions to reduce health disparities.
Dr. Noe has worked in the social research field for 20 years, most recently at the University of Colorado Denver’s (UCD) Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. He was also the director of the CDC-funded Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities and REACH National Network, which were comprehensive diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk reduction programs with urban American Indian clinics across the nation.
Administrator, Center for Health Protection
Jere High, ND is the Administrator for the Center for Health Protection. Dr. High received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and his naturopathic medical degree from National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). He has worked in the clinical setting for many years in a variety of safety net clinics in the Portland area and worked with clinical quality improvement efforts with Federally Qualified Health Centers statewide. He served in the United States Air Force, both in active duty and reserves, and he retired as a Squadron Commander.
Dr. High has been with the Oregon Health Authority since 2007 in the Health, Security, Preparedness and Response section as Deputy Director of Emergency Operations and Planning Chief and has served as Incident Manager for the Division on several statewide emergency events. He has served on boards for community clinics in the Portland area, NCNM and Oregon Primary Care Association.