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Leadership Team

Oregon Public Health Division's Leadership Team

  • Director, Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA
  • Policy and Partnerships Director, Cara Biddlecom, MPH
  • Acting Fiscal and Business Operations Director, Carole Yann
  • Acting State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer, Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH
  • Administrator, Center for Health Protection, André Ourso, MPH, JD
  • Administrator, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Timothy Noe, PhD
  • Administrator, Center for Public Health Practice, Collette Young, PhD

PHD Organizational Chart

Director, Public Health Division

Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA

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

Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, is the acting State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer at the Oregon Public Health Division. While Dr. Hedberg officially retired in May 2019, she will remain at the division through the summer as acting state health officer and epidemiologist to help recruit her replacement.

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 29 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 Health Protection

André Ourso, MPH, JD

André Ourso, MPH, JD is the Administrator for the Center for Health Protection. As Center Administrator, André oversees crucial programs that leverage public health’s licensing and regulatory tools to protect the health of all Oregonians. Before taking the position of Administrator, André managed the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) where he oversaw implementation of significant portions of Oregon’s regulatory scheme for marijuana legalization.

Prior to his arrival in Oregon in November 2015, André served as executive director of the Florida Board of Medicine. He also has served as an assistant general counsel supervising a team of attorneys and as a biological scientist and government operations consultant for the Florida Department of Health. He has a law degree and master of public health degree (epidemiology).

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 Public Health Practice

Collette Young, PhD is the Administrator of the Center for Public Health Practice. In that role, she provides oversight for state programs in Immunizations, Communicable Diseases, Vital Records, Emergency Preparedness as well as the Oregon State Public Health laboratory.

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Young was a manager in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention and Immunizations sections.

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