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Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN

Bio and contact information for Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN, NWCPHP Instructor and Content Expert.

Instructor & Content Expert



Grace Gorenflo leads NWCPHP trainings focused on the public health accreditation process, and is an instructor in the Public Health Management Certificate program.

Grace has co-authored articles and book chapters on accreditation, quality improvement, local health department infrastructure, and managed care. She received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Public health accreditation
  • Performance and quality improvement

Since 2011, she has been an independent public health consultant, following a 20-year career with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Grace was the Senior Director of Performance Improvement for NACCHO, and for the last 10 years she directed the association’s accreditation preparation and quality improvement activities. She also played several roles in the development of the new Public Health Accreditation Board, first as director of the project to determine the feasibility and desirability of a voluntary accreditation program for state, territorial, tribal and local health departments; then as the lead of a transitional staff team, followed by six months as the interim chief operating officer. Grace has designed a host of materials for local health departments engaging in the accreditation process and in QI activities, and also has led a number of teams through quality improvement processes.

She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and worked for 10 years as a registered nurse in acute care and research settings. Grace has volunteered for the past 25 years for several organizations dedicated to medically underserved populations, and currently serves on the executive committee of a Volunteers in Medicine clinic.