Leslie Best, BSW
Leslie Best is the lead consultant for many programs and initiatives at the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. She joined NACDD in 2012 and has since developed major projects including: the National Public Health Agenda for Lupus; recommendations for cancer prevention during early and later adulthood; standardization of laboratory measurements of chronic disease biomarkers. She also has managed two community-based grants in strategic planning, data collection, and education for the American College of Rheumatology.
When she’s not consulting for NACDD, Leslie serves as the Strategic Planner of Development for the Mississippi Public Health Institute, a technical adviser on public health data sources and prevention strategies, a writer and strategic planner for grants at Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, and an adviser for the Brown School at Washington University.
Prior to her current roles, Leslie was the Director of Chronic Disease and the Director of the Division of Health Risk Reduction for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Leslie has written multiple publications on chronic disease, including: “Management Practices to Build Evidence-Based Decision-Making Capacity for Chronic Disease Prevention in Georgia: A Case Study” and “Perceived Benefits and Challenges of Coordinated Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention in State Health Departments.” She also was a contributor for the Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood Writing Group.
Leslie received her BA in Social Welfare from Pennsylvania State University.