Equity in Health Data: COVID-19 as a Case Study

Samantha Artiga, MHSA, serves as Vice President and Director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program at Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). In this role, Ms. Artiga leads KFF’s work to provide timely and reliable data, information, and policy analysis on health and health care disparities affecting people of color and underserved groups and efforts to advance racial equity in health and health care. Her work focuses on the intersection of racism and discrimination, social and economic inequities, and health. She also has conducted extensive work related to the health and health care needs of low-income populations and immigrant families and previously served as Associate Director of KFF’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Ms. Artiga holds a master’s degree in health policy from the George Washington University.

Contact: SamanthaA@kff.org

Kadija Ferryman, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist who studies the social, cultural, and ethical implications of health information technologies. Specifically, her research examines how genomics, digital medical records, artificial intelligence mediate the production of social difference and racial disparities in health. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed postdoctoral training at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, where she led the Fairness in Precision Medicine research study, which examined the potential for bias and discrimination in predictive precision medicine. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Yale University, and a PhD in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research. Before completing her PhD, she was a policy researcher at the Urban Institute where she studied how housing and neighborhoods impact well-being, specifically the effects of public housing redevelopment on children, families, and older adults. Dr. Ferryman is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the All of Research Program, a Mozilla Open Science Fellow, and an Affiliate at the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. She has published research in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, European Journal of Human Genetics, and Genetics in Medicine.

Contact: kadija.ferryman@jhu.edu

Ziad Obermeyer, M.D., is an Associate Professor and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley, where he does research and teaches at the intersection of machine learning and health. He has been named an Emerging Leader by the the National Academy of Medicine, and received an Early Independence Award from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. His work has been published in a wide range of journals, including Science, Nature Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and ICML, and has won awards from professional societies in medicine and economics. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and continues to practice emergency medicine in underserved communities. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Contact: zobermeyer@berkeley.edu

Nadia Siddiqui, MPH, is Texas Health Institute’s inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer. She brings 15 years of experience designing and leading innovative national, state and local initiatives for advancing health equity. She serves as Principal Investigator on a large statewide evaluation of cross-sector initiatives for health equity across Texas, has served as data director on national big data initiatives including the Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative and America’s Health Rankings’ Health Disparities Report, and has worked with many communities to co-design and implement culturally-tailored health assessments and solutions. Previously, she managed multi-year national projects on advancing health equity in health reform and public health preparedness, including the National Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity supported by the federal Office of Minority Health. Ms. Siddiqui holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

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