William Mac Kenzie, MD
Deputy Director for Science
Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Center for Surveillance,Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Leveraging electronic data for population health improvement requires the engagement of public health practitioners and representatives from other critical sectors such as information technology, education, healthcare, law, law enforcement, business, academia, housing, social services, and transportation. Cultivating skills and partnerships among the workforce is essential for bridging distinct disciplines and catalyzing collaboration to respond to today’s challenges and opportunities, and prepare for those of tomorrow. This opening plenary session will highlight how individuals from different agencies and companies have moved beyond the boundaries of their professions to harness electronic data from traditional and non-traditional sources and foster a healthier, more equitable society.