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Data Sharing Through Dashboards: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why


Presented April 26, 2019.

Description: Join us for this lightning talk webinar experience where you will see multiple examples of data dashboards and learn more about who they were created for, how they were developed, where and when the data is being shared, and what impact the dashboard has had on improving public health practice. We will hear from 5 presenters from around the public health community as they discuss their work on opioid, flu, and general disease surveillance dashboards.

Presenters addressed the following questions:

  1. What prompted you to build the dashboard? What were you trying to answer?
  2. Who is the target user audience for the dashboard?
  3. What software was used to build the dashboard?
  4. What feedback have you received regarding the dashboard? Has it been perceived as useful? Was any action taken based on the dashboard?
  5. Who helps champion getting the money to fund the work?
  6. Who helps champion getting permission to share data/information outside of your department?


Opioid data dashboard from Tri-County Health Department

Adam Anderson, MURP, MPH, is the Health Data and GIS Supervisor at Tri-County Health Department. He oversees work and manages staff responsible for secondary data collection, data analysis, program evaluation, GIS, and data communication strategies for the agency. In addition to analytics, he provides innovative ways to disseminate data through mapping, web-based tools, data visualizations, and presentations.


NJ EMS Narcan Administration Dashboard

Tim Seplaki currently serves as Chief, EMS Data and Intelligence for the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  His responsibilities include the coordination, analysis, and oversight of the electronic Patient Care Reporting system and EMS data collection for New Jersey.  He also works closely with state stakeholders; overseeing and coordinating EMS bio-surveillance data of suspected opioid overdose and Naloxone administration.  Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in EMS Management from George Washington University.


DDPI-sponsored New Jersey Opioid Dashboard

Venita Nankoo, MPH is a Research Scientist with the New Jersey Department, Health Healthcare Quality and Informatics unit. She currently serves as the Epidemiologist on the CDC Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI) grant. She performs data management and analysis on various health-related databases and conduct surveys to support DDPI activities.


NCD3: North Carolina Disease Data Dashboard

Zachary Faigen earned his B.S. degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his M.S.P.H. degree in epidemiology from Emory University in 2008. He has worked as a registered environmental health specialist and an epidemiologist in both the private and public sectors.  He conducted syndromic surveillance in Maryland and the National Capital Region for 5 years as the lead for ESSENCE program at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  For the past 3 years, he has continued his work in syndromic surveillance as the lead for the NC DETECT program at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  


AZ Flu Dashboard

Xandy Peterson has worked at ADHS in various epidemiology positions for the last two and a half years. She received her Master's in Public Health at Colorado State University in 2016. She recently transitioned into her new role as a VPD epidemiologist and is excited about the possibilities of using syndromic surveillance for VPDs.