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October 24, 2016

Podcast: Vivian Singletary on informatics and "One Public Health"

Vivian Singletary recording the podcast.

Last month I sat down with Vivian Singletary, who began her tenure as PHII’s Director in May 2016. Vivian has an MBA and spent over 15 years working for large corporations before switching to public health and joining the Task Force for Global Health in 2009. Since then, she has served as the supply chain manager for the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) and the Director of PHII’s Requirements Lab.

In this episode, Vivian talks about some of her favorite past informatics projects. We discuss the African Workforce Development Allocation Tool that matched health care professionals and locations to improve employee satisfaction and health care access in communities, and the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) initiative, whose goal is to learn more about the major causes of death in developing countries for children from 0-5 years old. Vivian explains how these international projects can inform our informatics work in the U.S.

We also discuss what Vivian means by “One Public Health,” why it’s crucial for the future of public health informatics, and why technology probably isn’t the biggest barrier to achieving this vision.

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