Public Health Data Analytics: Driving Our Response to the Opioid Crisis

When: Thursday, May 17th 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Rosenau Auditorium (RM 133)

America’s opioid crisis claims over 100 lives daily. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was five times higher than in 1999. State responses to this rapidly-evolving epidemic include investments in data science analytics and public health informatics.

Join us for a timely panel looking at how data science analytics and public health informatics in different states are being used to respond to this rapidly-evolving epidemic.


11:00 am Welcome and Introduction

Steve Marshall, PhD, Director, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

11:10 am Discussion of Public Health Data Analytics and Response to the Opioid Crisis

Moderator:  Aaron McKethan, PhD, Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Panel Discussion:

Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Informatics and Analytics, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

Jeffery Talbert, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Associate Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Scott Proescholdbell, Epidemiologist, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, NC Department of Health and Human Services

12:00 pm Q&A
12:15 pm Wrap up & final remarks
12:30 pm Lunch provided by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe


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