The public health challenges that have defined the first half of 2020 – COVID-19 and the overall health disparities it exemplifies – are geographically and demographically diverse and demand complex action across multiple dimensions of analysis and care.  As a consequence, actionable data are required both to understand them 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.

This event was organized by the School of Medicine Office of Data Science and Information Technology and  Duke AI Health.

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


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9:00 - 9:05 am 

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



9:05 – 9:25 am

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD

Missing Not at Random: Disparities in Public Health and How Data Scientists Can Help  presented by Dr. Tenenbaum and Dr. Laws

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

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



9:25 – 9:35 am

LaQuana Palmer

NC CARE360 COVID-19 Response & Recovery
LaQuana Palmer, MPA
Program Manager
Healthy Opportunities
Office of the Secretary
NC Department of Health & Human Services

9:35 – 9:45 am

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



9:45 – 9:55 am

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

9:55 – 10:05 am

Jedrek Wosik, MD 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


10:05 – 10:15 am

Mark Sendak, MD

Integrating Clinical Research & Pandemic Response Network Programs
Mark Sendak, MD, MPP
Population Health and Data Science Lead
Duke Institute for Health Innovation



Suresh Balu


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



10:15 – 10:25 am

Erich Huang, MD, PhD

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

10:25 – 10:35 am

Ricardo Henao, PhD

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 


10:35 – 10:45 am -  Break

10:45 – 10:55 am

Marta E. 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 



10:55 – 11:05 am

Alan Brookhart, PhD

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.


11:05 – 11:15 am

Warren Kibbe, PhD

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

11:15 – 11:25 am

Keith Marsolo, PhD

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



11:25 – 11:35 am

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


11:35 – 11:45 am

Tim Suther


Beyond The Diagnosis: Developing Insight to Understand, Track and Control C-19. A Duke University and Change Healthcare Partnership
Tim Suther
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Data Solutions
Change Healthcare

11:45 – 11:55 am

Fan Li, PhD

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 



11:55 – 12:05 pm

Jessilyn Dunn, PhD

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



12:05-12:15 pm

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