Hillsborough, NC (March 1, 2017) – Dr. Dorothy Cilenti has been named Interim Health Director for Orange County during the transition to a new permanent health director.

cilentiDr. Dorothy Cilenti is on faculty at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health and previously served as the NC Local Public Health Agency Accreditation Administrator at the NC Institute for Public Health. She has worked in leadership roles in local and state public health agencies in North Carolina for more than 20 years, including serving as health director for Chatham and Alamance counties and interim health director for Orange County in 2011.  She currently directs the National Maternal Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center under a cooperative agreement with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“My main goal is to keep the health department operating as it is so a new health director can walk into a well-functioning department,” says Dr. Cilenti of her role with the health department.

The Orange County Board of Health is working directly with the county’s Human Resources Department to hire the new health director. They are currently reviewing applications and will begin the interview process in mid-March. Dr. Cilenti will oversee the duties of the health director until a permanent director can be hired and join the staff.