Director, Science Policy, Engagement, Education and Communication
National Heart Lung & BLood Institute
Dr. Lenora Johnson is the Director of the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications (OSPEEC) at the National Heart, Lunch, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Prior to joining NHLBI Dr. Johnson was the Director of the Office of Communications and Education (OCE) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Prior to that she was the Program Director for the Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education in Washington, DC. There she directed national initiatives focusing on minority health, reducing health disparities, global surveillance of health risk behaviors, broadening states’ capacity for social marketing, and capacity building for health promotion and public health education programming. She has close to 30 years of experience in working at the national and local levels translating complex health information into materials, messages, tools, interventions, and campaigns that reach the most vulnerable populations. These experiences expand settings from health care delivery systems to non-traditional community-based organizations. Her programs have been implemented through the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC, the American Association for Health Education, the American Public Health Association, the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, the American Cancer Society and numerous partnership efforts with community-based organizations serving diverse constituents. Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences with a master's in public health. She is professionally trained in health promotion, health education, and communication science. Her practice emphasis rests in the application of theory and evidence in the development, implementation, and evaluation of communication and education programs, products, and tools.