Leslie Best, BSW
Senior Public Health Consultant
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
Leslie Best has more than 40 years of experience in health and human services in Pennsylvania. Ms. Best has held a variety of positions, including statewide oversight of the licensure of personal care homes. In 1993 she joined the state Primary Care Office to implement a new program to increase the quantity and distribution of primary care practitioners, becoming program director in 1997. For nine years Ms. Best served as the Chronic Disease Director for the Department of Health, where she directed statewide planning and program implementation for the Divisions of Health Risk Reduction, Cancer Prevention and Control, Nutrition and Physical Activity and Tobacco Prevention and Control. Ms. Best served as the President of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in 2011 and has been a senior public health consultant with NACDD since 2014. Accomplishments include leading the development of the National Public Health Agenda for Lupus; recommendations for cancer prevention during early and older adulthood and integrating messages about Alzheimer’s Disease into chronic disease programs. She also manages community-based grants in strategic planning, data collection and lupus education for the American College of Rheumatology.
She holds a degree in social work from Penn State University.