October 5, 2023
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Public health depends on widespread and rapid access to data to drive decisions. Using the Data Modernization Initiative (DMI), Washington state is modernizing disease surveillance, health information systems, and providing data science training to produce a public health community that leverages timely, relevant, and actionable data. This session will provide a preliminary evaluation of those efforts with a focus on advancing engagement and driving ongoing priorities for public health data systems change.

In 2022, the Washington State Department of Health, the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice began working together to advance data modernization efforts in Washington state. Specific attention was given to a gap analysis of public health infrastructure and workforce performance. The partnership aims to utilize these findings to support future data systems improvements.

During this hour-long webinar, Michelle Campbell, the Director of the Center for Data Modernization and Informatics at the Washington State Department of Health, and Janet Baseman, the Interim Chair of the University of Washington’s Department of Epidemiology and a member of the NWCPHP’s Research Team, will summarize findings from a joint effort to advance data modernization for public health in Washington. Their discussion will focus on the accomplishments and goals that have emerged from their partnership, with an eye toward improving partner involvement and driving ongoing initiatives.

Register today to learn about how data modernization efforts are impacting public health.

Advancing Data Modernization for Public Health

Date: October 31, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Michelle Campbell, MSHI
Director, Center for Data Modernization and Informatics at WA DOH

Janet Baseman, MPH, PhD
Principal Investigator of the Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

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