Dr. Corinne Graffunder joined the CDC Foundation in 2020 as the Associate Vice President for Domestic Non-Infectious Programs.
Dr. Graffunder is responsible for the leadership, management and direction of the Foundation’s domestic non-infectious disease portfolio. The domestic NID portfolio ranges in scope and includes non-communicable diseases, injury prevention, birth defects and environmental health programs and projects impacting all 50 states, the US territories and tribal nations. In her role, Dr. Graffunder is responsible for strategic planning, partnership relations, program implementation as well as budget management and execution.
Prior to joining the Foundation,Dr. Graffunder held leadership positions in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working for over 30 years with National, State and local prevention efforts. She served as Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health responsible for providing broad leadership and direction for all scientific, policy, and programmatic issues related to tobacco control and prevention. In addition, she held many other leadership positions including Deputy Associate Director for Policy in CDC’s Office of the Director. In this position, she worked with the U.S. Surgeon General, leading the development of the first-ever National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness. She also worked to strengthen collaboration between public health, health care, and other sectors playing a key role in advancing CDC’s population health priorities.
Dr. Graffunder's expertise includes policy development, program management and implementation, strategic planning, and public/partner communication. She is a subject matter expert in prevention strategies, population health, health in all policies and health system transformation, focusing on a wide range of fields including tobacco use prevention and control, the prevention of violence and the prevention of non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer. Her expertise is the application of evidence and research to practice and programs.
She received her doctorate in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina and her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.