Coordination and collaboration across chronic disease programs.
Organizational development and management.
Strategic planning and organizational design.
Chronic disease 4 domains framework - extensive expertise in domains 2 and 4.
Diabetes prevention and control evidence-based strategies.
National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP).
Tobacco prevention and control.
Oral health prevention.
Masters Level Course Work (24 hours) in Management and Organizational Development, Illinois Benedictine University, 1991-1993.
Masters of Public Health, Illinois Benedictine University, May 1987.
Certificate in Health Services Administration, Illinois Benedictine University, May 1987.
Bachelor of Science, Loyola University, June 1982.
Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, William Rainey Harper College, June 1977.
Ms. Barbara Z. Park, RDH, MPH, retired from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control after 22-1/2 years of service. Her most recent assignment was as the Chief of the Program and Implementation Branch (PIB) in the Division of Diabetes Translation. She joined the Division on October, 2007. During her tenure with the DDT, Ms. Park participated in the development of several collaborative funding opportunity announcements that have been recently funded by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (1305 and 1422). She provided leadership for the realignment of the Program Implementation Branch to better service the needs of DDT’s National Diabetes Prevention and Control Program by assembling a multidisciplinary team of Program Consultants/Project Officers, Health Scientists/Evaluators and Health Communication Specialists to provide technical assistance and training to a diverse portfolio of funded grantees (50 states and DC, Pacific Jurisdictions/Territories, AI/AN Tribes and Tribal serving organizations, and National Organizations) – representing an investment of approximately $95 million dollars in diabetes prevention and control efforts. Most recently, Ms. Park assumed additional responsibility for scaling and sustaining the National Diabetes Prevention Program when the National DPP was transferred to PIB in March, 2015.
Prior to coming to DDT, Ms. Park served as the Deputy Branch Chief of the Program Services Branch (PSB), in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She joined the Office in October, 1998 first as a Project Officer, and then as Deputy Branch Chief in December 1999. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the management and administration of CDC’s National Tobacco Control Program which provides cooperative agreement funds to 50 states, DC and 7 US Territories, overseeing a budget of approximately $73 million dollars.
Prior to coming to OSH, Ms. Park worked for CDC’s Division of Oral Health. There she spearheaded the Division’s efforts to develop a national plan for the prevention and early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer. She was also involved with activities relating to tobacco use prevention and control, tobacco cessation, and promoting the benefits of community water fluoridation, fluoride varnishes, and dental sealants to health professionals and the public.
Before joining CDC in 1993, Ms. Park was the Manager of Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities for the American Dental Association (ADA). Through ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations, she worked with dentists and other health professionals on issues related to oral disease prevention, including the development of policies encouraging dentists to become more involved with promoting the benefits of water fluoridation, dental sealants, and tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts in clinical and community settings. Ms. Park worked for the ADA from 1988 to 1993.
Ms. Park began her career in public health in 1985 at the DuPage County Health Department in Wheaton, Illinois where she worked as a community dental hygienist – serving clients in WIC, MCH and Immunization clinics, providing oral health education services within the community, and designing oral health outreach and referral programs for low income individuals. Ms. Park practiced clinical dental hygiene for 10 years in a variety of practice settings and was an assistant clinical professor at Loyola University, School of Dental Hygiene from 1983 to 1985.