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North Carolina Division of Public Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Branch Head
Alan J. Dellapenna, Jr. R.S., MPH
Mr. Dellapenna joined the North Carolina Division of Public Health in October 2010 as Branch Head of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB).
Mr. Dellapenna joined the Division of Public Health following a 27 year career as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (PHS), retiring at the rank of Captain. He spent his PHS career assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal agency responsible for health care and public health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. With IHS, he served assignments as a Sanitarian on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and the San Carolos Apache Reservation in Arizona. He served as the Injury Prevention Specialist and Director of Environmental Health Services in Phoenix, Arizona for Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, a regional program serving 48 American Indian tribes in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and eastern California.
For the past 10 years Mr. Dellapenna was assigned to the IHS headquarters in Rockville, Maryland serving as Deputy Director for the national IHS Environmental Health Services program and Program Manager of the IHS Injury Prevention Program. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Dellapenna was serving a special assignment as historian for the Indian Health Service and co-authored the book Caring & Curing: A History of the Indian Health Service.
Mr. Dellapenna has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Health from Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Michigan and a Master’s of Public Health Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated the Indian Health Service, Injury Prevention Specialist Fellowship in 1989 and has worked in injury prevention at the local, regional, and national positions since 1984.
Alan and his wife Carol live in Wake Forest and have four grown children. Carol is a CPA and works from her home office.
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