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February 21, 2017

Podcast: the storied career of Dr. Alan Hinman

Alan on the mic during our conversation last year.

This month, the Task Force for Global Health is celebrating the retirement of Dr. Alan Hinman, who has spent more than 50 years working in the field of public health. We here at Inform Me, Informatics want to participate in the celebration, and we’re excited to bring you this conversation with Alan.  His career spans domestic and international projects, and has largely been devoted to a vision of a world without vaccine-preventable diseases. I was lucky enough to sit down with him last year to talk about some of his experiences.

Alan started our conversation describing his work as an Epidemic Intelligence Service(EIS) Officer in the 1960s, and how that experience hooked him on public health. We also discussed early immunization registries, and how they grew into the immunization information systems (IIS) that we know today. Alan also explains why information is what’s key in informatics, and how informatics is the tool public health uses to get the information it needs.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Please join us in wishing Alan well in this next chapter of his life!

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