Lee Thielen is a consultant on public health issues, with a special interest in improving the infrastructure for public health. Her recent work has been with the Multi-State Learning Collaborative- Lead States in Quality Improvement, Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement, and Gaining Ground. Her recent research looked at incentives for accreditation and the costs and legal foundations for the prerequisites for the Public Health Accreditation Board. Ms. Thielen was a member and president of the Larimer County Board of Health and is the vice-chair of the Advisory Committee to the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has served on the Health District of Northern Larimer County, the Poudre Valley Health System, and the Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation Boards. Ms. Thielen was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award for Public Health Practice from the Colorado Public Health Association and honored by the Colorado School of Public Health for Excellence in Public Health Practice.
Ms. Thielen has a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Thielen was the Associate Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for 16 years and ran the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials for five years.