COVID-19: A Catalyst for Change & How It Could Transform the National Health Data Ecosystem & Health of American Communities

  • 11 Aug 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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COVID-19: A Catalyst for Change & How It Could Transform the National Health Data Ecosystem & Health of American Communities

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“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Winston Churchill is widely credited for saying just that when he and other world leaders established the United Nations after WWII. Will COVID-19 be the catalyst we need to more profoundly transform the U.S. health data ecosystem? As local, state, and federal public health data modernization takes shape, there will be benefits for the public, health care providers, and the public health agencies leading the charge. But our work does not stop there. Simultaneously, opportunities abound to integrate social determinants of health data, health equity strategies, and the social sector to complement these billion-dollar efforts. The result could be a more unified, foundational public and private sector approach that

supports the goals of health care, public health, social service providers, and many others. Most importantly, it should shape a health data ecosystem that streamlines and drives access to physical, behavioral, and social health care and services, improves quality, and advances optimal health for all Americans.


J.T. Lane, Chief Population Health & Innovation Officer at Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

J.T. Lane serves as the Senior Vice President for Population Health and Innovation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. In his role, J.T. leads a team and portfolio of programs focused on state and territorial partnerships to end the HIV epidemic, state and territorial public health capacity building, public health data modernization, rural health, primary care and public health system integration, as well as Medicaid and health plan partnership engagements. He also facilitates cross-cutting innovation planning and strategies that are inclusive of all public health program areas, including health equity and the social determinants of health.

He has nearly 20 years of population health and human services experience in both the public and private sectors, including 8 years of progressive leadership roles in Louisiana’s cabinet agency on health. He has also supported a variety of local, national and global organizations, including government, commercial, non-profit and philanthropic entities in population health, health care and human services. For these entities, his strategic planning and implementation, performance improvement, stakeholder engagement, program and policy development, and public-private partnership development support improved both health and economic outcomes for both people and organizations.

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