Learn about the Public Health Division's Leadership team:
- Director, Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA
- Deputy Director, Priscilla Lewis, MBA
- State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer, Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH
- Administrator, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Timothy Noe, PhD
- Interim Administrator, Center for Public Health Practice, Collette Young, PhD
- Interim Administrator, Center for Health Protection, Jere High, ND
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.
Deputy Director, Public Health Division
Priscilla Lewis, MBA is the Deputy Director for the Oregon Public Health Division. Ms. Lewis has decades of experience in the health care field, including 13 years as Providence Health & Services’ Executive Director for Community Services and Development. She has myriad experience with building community partnerships and a solid reputation as an advocate for health system transformation.
Ms. Lewis has served on boards and committees for a variety of organizations, including Bridges to Housing, Project Access NOW, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Primary Care Association, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon and the State of Oregon Public Health Advisory Board.
She has an MBA and BS from West Virginia University, and has also worked as a registered nurse.
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.