The Future of Public Health National Summit Series

Tuesday, January 25, 2022  |  11:00 am – 2:30 pm EST

Space is limited. Register early. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest reminder of the vital importance of public health and need for a future-forward, future-ready public health system.

Although public health has been chronically under resourced, significant funding into the public health system during the COVID-19 pandemic creates opportunities to build a resilient, trusted system that helps assure everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being. Public health needs a harmonized, strategic, and action-oriented approach for exploring these opportunities.

The CDC Foundation is convening a national series on the future of public health in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Big Cities Health Coalition, and other public health partners to advance recommendations for a modernized U.S. public health system.

The series will include four virtual convenings, leveraging recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Public Health Forward.

Lights, Camera, Action Theme

The lights represent the guiding lights from research, such as PH Wins, Staffing Up, Public Health Forward, Public Health 3.0, Seven Ways Businesses Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation, Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, and more. The lights are also exemplars in the field in practice and policy. 

The camera represents the view of public health through the lens of the pandemic and the loss of trust. Today, there is a need for the United States to refocus the camera to rebuild trust and transform public health. The camera also emphasizes the need for everything to be seen through an equity lens. 

Action includes local, state, and national actions informed by the lights and camera. 

Together we can write a new script and produce a new future for public health. 

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Summit Series:

Summit 1:
Achieving a Diverse and Effective Public Health Workforce: December 6, 2021, 11:00 am EST
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Summit 2:
Data Modernization: January 25, 2022
Register for Summit 2!

Summit 3:
Effectively Financing Governmental Public Health Functions and Strengthening Public Health Law and Governance to Support a Modern System: February 23, 2022
Register for Summit 3!

Summit 4:
Catalyzing Cross-Sectoral Partnerships and Community Engagement: March 2022 (date TBD)

Agenda for Summit 2:

(all times in EST)

11:00 AM
Welcome, Overview, Keynote Sessions

11:10 AM
Setting the Stage

11:30 AM
Panel: Shifting the System – Data as a Common Good for the Public’s Health

12:00 PM
Panel: Real-Time Data for Public Health Action – What is Actionable Intelligence?

12:30 PM
Spotlight: Actionable Intelligence from the Field

12:40 PM
Panel: How Do We Get Actionable Intelligence for Public Health?

1:10 PM
Spotlight: Spotlight: Accelerators of Actionable Data

1:20 PM
Panel: Why Does Actionable Intelligence Matter to People, Communities, Public Health and the Private Sector?

1:50 PM
Closing and Next Steps

    SUMMIT 2:

    Data Modernization

    This action-oriented summit will focus on:

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    • How the public, public health, healthcare, and other sectors can use new technologies, standards and data to improve public health protection

    • Approaches for leveraging unprecedented resources to create future-forward data systems that offer real-time and actionable intelligence in service to the public’s health

    • Highlighting bright spots from the field that demonstrate how rich learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic can improve the quality, sharing and use of data for preventing chronic and infectious diseases

    • Fostering an environment where people and partners work toward open, privacy-centered, market-driven solutions

    • Assuring improvements in data lead to improvements in the health and wellness of everyone, everywhere

    Summit 2 Speakers

    Judy Monroe

    Abigail Echo-Hawk

    Executive Vice President, the Seattle Indian Health Board

    Judy Monroe

    Aneesh Chopra

    President, CareJourney

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Annie Fine MD

    Chief Science and Surveillance Officer and Senior Advisor to the Data Modernization Initiative, Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Dale Sanders

    Chief Strategy Officer, Intelligent Medical Objects

    Judy Monroe

    Daniel B. Jernigan MD, MPH

    Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance, CDC

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Dylan George PhD

    Director of Operations for the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Gail Christopher DN

    Board Chair, Trust for America’s Health

    Judy Monroe

    Jim Daniel

    Public Health Lead for State and Local Government, Amazon Web Services

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Judy Monroe MD

    President and CEO, CDC Foundation

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Karen Remley MD, MPH

    Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Kimberly Repp PhD, MPH

    Chief Epidemiologist, Washington County, Oregon

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Kristina Box MD

    State Health Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Micky Tripathi PhD, MPP

    National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Lisa Macon Harrison

    Nirav Shah MD, MPH

    Chief Medical Officer, Sharecare

    Judy Monroe

    Theresa Cullen MD

    Public Health Director, Pima County Health Department

    Additional speakers to be announced.

    Summit Series Hosts


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    Support also provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts

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