COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 12 – From Data to Decisions: Mobilizing a Surveillance Infrastructure

James S. Blumenstock, M.A., is the chief program officer for Health Security for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). His portfolio includes the program areas of infectious diseases, immunization services, environmental health, emergency preparedness and response, and data analytics and public health informatics. Jim also serves as a member of the Association’s Executive Leadership Team responsible for enterprise-wide strategic planning, administrative services, member support, and public health advocacy. Prior to his arrival at ASTHO on November 1, 2005, Jim was the Deputy Commissioner of Health for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services where he retired after almost 32 years of career public health service in various capacities.  As the Deputy Commissioner, he had executive oversight responsibilities for a department branch of over 650 staff, an operating budget of approximately $125 million, which was comprised of the Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories; Division of Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health; Division of Local Health Practice and Regional Systems Development; Division of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the Office of Animal Welfare.  During his tenure, Jim also served as the Department’s lead Incident Commander and represented the Department on a number of boards, councils and commissions including the NJ Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. Jim is the proud recipient of the ASTHO 2004 Noble J. Swearingen Award for excellence in public health administration and the Dennis J. Sullivan award, the highest honor bestowed by the NJ Public Health Association for dedicated and outstanding service and contribution to the cause of public health. He is also a scholar of the UNC Public Health Leadership Institute, completed the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program, currently holds a faculty appointment to the Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, and held an elected office serving his community for 12 years. Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University in 1973 and a Master of Arts degree in Health Sciences Administration from Jersey City State College in 1977. He is a native of New Jersey which is still his primary residence with his wife of 46 years, Lee. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Contact: jblumenstock@astho.org

 

Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Ph.D., MPH, is the John G. Searle Endowed Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Eisenberg received his PhD in Bioengineering in the joint University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco program, and an MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests, global and domestic, integrate theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. He is especially interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases. His research projects in Ecuador explore how changes in the social and natural environments, mediated by road construction, affect the epidemiology of pathogens. Dr. Eisenberg is a member of the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) consortium, where the Ecuador platform is one of many being used to develop infection transmission models to better understand mechanisms of transmission and potential intervention and control of pathogens that can survive in the environment. Dr. Eisenberg’s domestic interest has been focused on the development of a new microbial risk assessment framework that shifts the traditional individual-based models to using population-based dynamic models. He has applied this new framework to assess the public health risk from exposures to microbial agents in drinking waters, recreational waters and fomites that inform mitigation efforts.

Contact: jnse@umich.edu

 

Aaron Miri, MBA, CHCIO, FHIMSS, is the chief information officer for The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. Aaron brings more than a decade of healthcare experience driving growth and innovation, leading both provider and commercial healthcare enterprises, and providing thought leadership and close collaboration with state and federal representatives. As CIO, Aaron is passionate about humanizing technology by collaborating with clinicians, technology partners, and business champions to truly transform healthcare delivery for consumers, patients, and providers. In 2018, Aaron was congressionally appointed to the Health and Human Services, federal Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC), established under the 21st Century Cures Act. Previously, Aaron was federally appointed by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to serve on the HHS Health IT Policy Committee established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Aaron is the prior Chair of the HIMSS National Public Policy Committee and serves as an expert adviser to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and to other congressional panels engaged in numerous Health IT policy topics. Aaron brings a deep understanding of how to leverage digital health and the latest technology to accelerate healthcare delivery across the continuum of care. Prior to joining U.T., Aaron served as the Chief Information Officer for Imprivata, the Healthcare IT security leader, where he helped to build and transform a global commercial enterprise focused on healthcare cyber security. Prior to Imprivata, Aaron was the Chief Information Officer for Walnut Hill Medical Center, lauded by Forbes Magazine as the hospital that Steve Jobs would have built. Aaron has successfully led organizations that achieved the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award, HIMSS Level 6 and HIMSS Level 7 EMRAM status, HITRUST CSF designation, and led the first provider organization to receive the SECURETexas Health Information Privacy and Security certification awarded through the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). Aaron received his MBA, with honors, from the University of Dallas, and his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Aaron is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), a distinguished Fellow with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and he is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). Aaron was previously recognized as a 2019 “CIOs to Know” by Beckers Hospital Review and was honored with the 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders award and 2017 Texas Health IT Leadership Award.

Contact: aaron.miri@austin.utexas.edu

 

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

Contact: sarahdash@allhealthpolicy.org