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Matthew Penn

Public Health Law Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA    

Matthew Penn is the Director of CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP). PHLP works towards a public health community that understands how the law impacts the public health system and the public’s health. In his role as PHLP Director, he leads a team of legal analysts responsible for the agency’s efforts to support the use of law as a public health tool at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels. Prior to entering federal service he was a Staff Attorney serving South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control for nine years as an adviser in the areas of public health practice, emergency preparedness, and environmental health. He received his law degree with honors from the University of South Carolina. He began his legal career with the South Carolina Supreme Court in the Staff Attorney’s Office and the University of South Carolina’s Office of General Counsel.
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