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Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH
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Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH

Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Director
National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center
Fellow
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • 402A Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7445
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dorothy Cilenti has worked in local and state public health agencies in North Carolina for more than 20 years. She is primarily interested in improving systems of care for vulnerable women and children. 

Dr. Cilenti is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she directs the National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center, a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. She has served as principle investigator for more than 25 contracts and grants totaling more than 15 million, ranging from training grants to public health systems research awards.

Representative Courses

MHCH 700 Program Planning and Evaluation in MCH

MHCH 680 Global and Reproductive Health

MHCH 745 Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH

Research Activities

Public health systems and services research, workforce development, implementation science and evidence-based practice

Service Activities

State Board of Education Interagency Advisory Committee, Raleigh, NC
NC Perinatal Oral Health Task Force, Raleigh, NC
Site visitor, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
North Carolina Violence Assistance Network Steering Committee, Raleigh, NC

Practice Activities

Director, National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Serve as Principal Investigator of multi-year cooperative agreement from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Oversee training and technical assistance to state agencies implementing health transformation. 

Priority training areas include quality improvement, population health management, evidence-informed decision-making and systems integration.

Key Publications

MCH Workforce Capacity: Maximizing Opportunities Afforded by a Changing Public Health System. I Raskind, T Chapple-McGruder, D Mendez, M Kramer, K Liller, D Cilenti, M Wingate, B Castrucci, E Gould, C Stampfel (2019). Maternal and child health journal, 23(7), 979-988.

MCH Workforce Capacity: Maximizing Opportunities Afforded by a Changing Public Health System. I Raskind, T Chapple-McGruder, D Mendez, M Kramer, K Liller, D Cilenti, M Wingate, B Castrucci, E Gould, C Stampfel (2019). Maternal and child health journal, 23(7), 979-988.

MCH Workforce Capacity: Maximizing Opportunities Afforded by a Changing Public Health System. I Raskind, T Chapple-McGruder, D Mendez, M Kramer, K Liller, D Cilenti, M Wingate, B Castrucci, E Gould, C Stampfel (2019). Maternal and child health journal, 23(7), 979-988.

System Dynamics Approaches and Collective Action for Community Health: An Integrative Review. D Cilenti, M Issel, R Wells, S Link, K Lich (2019). American journal of community psychology, 63(3), 527-545.

Innovations in Maternal and Child Health: Pairing Undergraduate and Graduate Maternal and Child Health Students in Summer Practica in State Title V Agencies. A Handler, J Klaus, D Long-White, M Roth, R Greenleaf, O Sappenfield, D Cilenti (2018). Maternal and child health journal, 22(2), 154-165.

Developing Collaborative Maternal and Child Health Leaders: A Descriptive Study of the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center. A Clarke, D Cilenti (2018). Maternal and child health journal, 22(1), 17-23.

Partnerships: Building Blocks for Change. In: Verbiest S, editor. Making Change Happen: Moving Life Course Theory in Action. Cilenti D and Harris G. (2018). APHA Press.

Title V Workforce Development in the Era of Health Transformation. L Margolis, A Mullenix, A Apostolico, L Fehrenbach, D Cilenti (2017). Maternal and child health journal, 21(11), 2001-2007.

Education

DrPH, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009

MSW, Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989

BS, Psychology, Duke University, 1985

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