Elaine Collison, MPA

Associate Director – Operations

Ms. Collison is an associate director at CIDRAP with responsibility for center management and operational effectiveness. This includes budget development and fiscal management, human resource management, and strategic planning and direction for use of information/web technology. She is a member of the center's senior leadership team, fills gaps in program management, and uses her proficiency in other roles to ensure program continuity across projects. She is also the part-time Deputy Director of the Academic Health Center (AHC) Office of Emergency Response. In this capacity she participates in the development of campus-level health emergency response plans; coordinates and supports the development of AHC building emergency plans; and participates in emergency response activities as a member of the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps.

In 2013, Ms. Collison was designated as the AHC representative for participation in the University President's Excellence in Leadership (PEL) Program. The focus of this program is operational excellence; designed to help increase the University's institutional capacity for managing change initiatives and improving efficiency.

Prior to joining CIDRAP in 2006, Ms. Collison was the assistant director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). In this position she provided administrative policy, fiscal, and operational direction to division programs and participated in the division's planning and response to public health emergencies. In her prior role as the assistant section chief of the AIDS/STD Prevention Services Section at MDH Ms. Collison guided the development of a statewide STD plan and provided leadership at the national level by serving as the first Secretary/Treasurer of the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Ms. Collison received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota.

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