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Rosemarie Henson, MSSW, MPH

Chief of Staff

Rosemarie (Rosie) Henson joined CHAMPS as Chief of Staff in January 2019. She manages the CHAMPS Program office in Atlanta, GA, and oversees all work stream functions leading program performance, donor management, internal communications, and leveraging ancillary projects.

Henson previously served as the Senior Vice President for Prevention and Early Detection at American Cancer Society where she shaped the organization’s vision, strategies, and programs for HPV vaccination, tobacco control, cancer screening, obesity prevention, and health equity. Henson has worked on a number of programs to enable people and communities to make healthier choices, starting her career with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and later joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1990. Over the course of 19 years at CDC, she served in many leadership roles, including the Director of National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection, Director for the Office on Smoking and Health, and Deputy Director for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Following her CDC tenure, Henson moved to Washington, DC to serve as Senior Advisor to the 15th Assistant Secretary of Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration.

Throughout her public health career Henson has worked to implement chronic disease prevention programs, introduce public policy approaches to address tobacco cessation, childhood obesity, and viral hepatitis, and has forged partnerships to address racial and socioeconomic disparities. Henson has been honored with a number of awards for her leadership in public health, including the Surgeon General’s Medallion, the Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service, and the Jeffrey Koplan Award.

Henson holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City and Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern University in Boston.


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