Catherine Molchan Donald, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Alabama Department of Public Health
Montgomery, AL 36104
06/11/2023 – 06/10/2027
Catherine Molchan Donald is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health overseeing the Center for Health Statistics, Bureau of Information Technology, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Central Billing Unit, Finance, and Facilities Management.
Prior to assuming this role in 2017, Ms. Donald spent 30 years working in the Center for Health Statistics. She began her career working with all providers of birth, death, marriage, divorce and fetal death records. This included resolving data quality issues and identifying areas for improvement. In 2009, Ms. Donald was named Alabama State Registrar and Director of the Center for Health Statistics.
During her time with the Center, Ms. Donald worked on numerous initiatives and committees to improve the quality of data collected at both the state and national levels. At the state level she was responsible for implementing the NCHS 2003 versions of the standard birth and death certificates. She also worked closely with researchers requesting Alabama data to ensure data released to researchers would meet their needs and maintain the confidentiality of individuals.
Nationally, Ms. Donald has worked with NCHS on several projects such as participating on the committee to revise the Model Vital Statistics Act and Regulations. She was also a member of the NCHS VIEWS Committee which developed standards for a computer module for states to use in conjunction with their Electronic Death Registration Systems (EDRS) to improve collection and coding of cause of death information.
Ms. Donald spent 10 years on the Board of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information System (NAPHSIS). She is currently a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and serves on several committees. Ms. Donald was appointed to the Committee in 2023.