Data Science Symposium

Public Health Crises of 2020: Combating COVID-19 and Disparities with Data

COVID-19 public health challenges and the disparities it exemplifies demand action across multiple dimensions of analysis and care. Actionable data are required to understand problems and shape responses. Experts from Duke, the State of North Carolina, and our national partners described data sources and approaches to confront COVID-19 and health disparities in this event organized by Data Science and Information Technology and Duke AI Health. Videos, including closed captions, are provided for speakers’ presentations.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Select the title of the presentation to watch the video. 


Michael Pencina and Dean Mary Klotman

Opening Remarks and Dean's Welcome

Michael J. Pencina, PhD
Vice Dean for Data Science & Information Technology
Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Duke University School of Medicine

Mary E. Klotman, MD
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine

J. Tenenbaum, PhD and M. Laws, PhD

Missing Not at Random: Disparities in Public Health and How Data Scientists Can Help  

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD
Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Duke University School of Medicine

Michelle Laws, PhD
Assistant Director
Consumer Policy & Community Engagement
NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services

L. Palmer

NC CARE360 COVID-19 Response & Recovery

LaQuana Palmer, MPA
Program Manager
Healthy Opportunities
Office of the Secretary
NC Department of Health & Human Services

E. Perakslis

Dispatches from the Field: Trying to Eliminate Socio-economic Disparities in COVID-19 Testing Data

Eric Perakslis, PhD
Duke Rubenstein Fellow
Former CIO, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

B. Goldstein

Predicting Resource Utilization to Help Prioritize Elective Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ben Goldstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Department Pediatrics, Children's Health Discovery Institute
Department of Population Health Sciences
Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute

J. Wosik

Acute Events & Telehealth in DUHS during COVID-19
Jedrek Wosik, MD
Cardiology and Informatics Fellow
Duke University School of Medicine
Research Fellow
Duke Clinical Research Institute

M. Sendack and S. Balu

Integrating Clinical Research & Pandemic Response Network Programs

Mark Sendak, MD, MPP
Population Health and Data Science Lead
Duke Institute for Health Innovation

Suresh Balu, MS, MBA
Associate Dean for Innovation and Partnership Duke University School of Medicine
Program Director
Duke Institute for Health Innovation

E. Huang

Data & SARS-CoV-2: Chipping Away at a Tower of Babel
Erich Huang, MD, PhD
Chief Data Officer for Quality, Duke Health 
Director, Duke Forge & Duke Crucible
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Assistant Professor, Surgery

R. Henao

Leveraging Host Gene Expression to Diagnose SARS-CoV-2
Ricardo Henao, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Departments of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Basic Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Member, Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute 

M. Wosińska

Box It In: A Better Alternative to Lockdowns
Marta E. Wosińska, PhD
Deputy Director for Policy, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Consulting Professor, Fuqua School of Business 

A. Brookhart

The Effect of Social Distancing Policies on SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in North Carolina
Alan Brookhart, PhD
Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
Duke University
Founder & Chief Scientist, NoviSci, Inc.

W. Kibbe

N3C – the National COVID Cohort Collaborative – A Trans-CTSA COVID EHR Data Resource
Warren Kibbe, PhD
Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Chief Data Officer, Duke Cancer Institute
Chief, Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics
Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

K. Marsolo

Initial Efforts Towards the Characterization of the PCORnet COVID-19 Population
Keith Marsolo, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Population Health Sciences
Duke Clinical Research Institute

F. Lee

React, Return, Rethink in COVID-19: How the AWS Data Exchange Supports the Data Needs of Academic Medical Centers’ Researchers
Fred Lee, MD, MPH
Global Business Development Leader 
Healthcare & Life Sciences
AWS Data Exchange

F. Li

Addressing Healthcare Dilemmas & Disparities During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis – A Big Data Approach
Fan Li, PhD
Associate Professor of Statistical Science
Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

J. dunn

CovIdentify: Developing Digital Biomarkers of COVID-19
Jessilyn Dunn, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Susanna Naggie, MD

Closing Remarks
Susanna Naggie, MD
Vice Dean for Clinical Research
Associate Professor of Medicine
Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute