Priscilla Forney Canny, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Environmental Health Sciences


Priscilla (Penny) F. Canny, Ph.D. just retired as the senior vice president for Grantmaking and Strategy at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Dr. Canny led The Community Foundation’s efforts to use community knowledge and information to mobilize giving in the community and to advance Foundation efforts to strengthen the Greater New Haven region. She was also responsible for The Community Foundation’s grantmaking programs, nonprofit technical assistance and leadership initiatives, as well as community outreach.

Dr. Canny continues to serve as the President of the Board of Datahaven, an online comprehensive source for data about the Greater New Haven area. Datahaven's recent report is a comprehensive indicator report for the Greater New Haven area.

Dr. Canny has been involved in the community in the areas of public health and social policy for many decades. Prior to coming to The Community Foundation, she worked for 11 years at Connecticut Voices for Children, a research-based policy and advocacy organization, as director of research, and in the later years, as managing director and chief operating officer. Areas of research included child poverty, children and youth indicator reports, immigration as well as educational and health disparities. Before joining Connecticut Voices for Children, Dr. Canny was assistant dean for the Yale School of Public Health where she earned a Ph.D. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. She was also research scientist at YSPH for many years. She maintains an appointment at YSPH and serves on its Leadership Council.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1983)

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