Course Description

Those who saw any of the press briefings from Secretary Cohen and Governor Cooper will recall the emphasis on data-driven decision making and reliance on empirical evidence and trends for key indicators. The information to inform those indicators falls in four main categories: 

  1. Cases
  2. Testing
  3. Healthcare capacity
  4. Equipment, especially personal protective equipment (PPE)

The data for each of those categories is generated and collected in a different way. Processes for the acquisition and exchange of data that work well for the relatively transient period of, e.g. a weather-related state emergency do not scale for the prolonged response that this pandemic requires. Learn about the challenges, successes and lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis from NC DHHS's Data Office perspective.

Course Curriculum

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Chief Data Officer, NC DHHS

Jessie Tenenbaum

Jessie is responsible for the development and oversight of departmental data governance and strategy to enable data-driven policy for improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. She is also a faculty member in Duke University's Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine. She earned her BS in Biology from Harvard University and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University.

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