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Delton Atkinson, MPH

Delton Atkinson is the Director of the Division of Vital Statistics within the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics where he is leading the production and dissemination of this nation’s health statistics on births, deaths and fetal deaths. He has held numerous leadership positions in public health, including the Deputy Director of the Division of Vital Statistics, the Chief of DVS Registration Methods Staff, Program Manager with Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Executive Director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), Director of the NCHS Division of Information Technology, and Director of the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. 
 
His leadership honors include the Rankin Award and the Excellence in Statistics and Epidemiology Award from the N.C. Public Health Association in 1992, the Statistics Award (Government Sector) from the American Public Health Association in 2000, the Visionary Award from the N.C. Minority Health Council in 2002, the Minority Alumni Award from the UNC School of Public Health Minority Caucus in 2009, the Federal Capital Planning and Investment Control Forum Award for excellence in project management in 2009, and the Owen Thornberry Excellence in Leadership Award in 2013. In 2005, the UNC School of Public Health recognized him for his work in minority health by permanently inscribing his name on one wall of the Rosenau building.
 
He is past President of the UNC School of Public Health Foundation Board (2012-2014). He has also served as President and as an Executive Board Member of the School of Public Health Alumni Association, member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and adjunct faculty member in the UNC department of biostatistics and the UNC Public Health Leadership Program.  He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the American Public Health Association, and formally a member of the N.C. Public Health Association and the Executive Committee of NAPHSIS.   
 
He has earned both a Master of Public Health degree in Biostatistics and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received national certifications as a PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute and a FAC-P/PM from the DHHS Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers.