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The Role of Data in Public Health Equity and Innovation Conference

At the Yale School of Public Health, we believe that the future of public health will be defined by four pillars: inclusivity, innovation and entrepreneurship, communication, and data-driven leadership. It is through this commitment to data-driven leadership that we will convene a global, diverse and interdisciplinary group of leaders from academia, government, healthcare, and private industry.

Over the course of this two-day event, we will engage experts in three thematic areas central to the conference:

1) The depiction of social determinants of health in data

2) Community-based models for data

3) The effect of artificial intelligence on health data equity.

The program for Monday, April 8 will be a full day comprised of a series of keynote speeches, moderated panel discussions on each thematic area, and a fireside chat. On April 9th, we will be hosting a half-day of closed-door roundtable discussion. We hope the roundtables will lead to opportunities for intersectoral collaboration across research and practice.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to members of the Yale community and free to attend but space is limited. Registration is required.


8:30-9:00 – Registration, Breakfast, Welcome Remarks

9:00-9:50 – Keynote speech
Professor Bola Owolabi – MRCGP, MFPH Hon, FRSPH, Director of the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, National Health Service England

9:50-10:55 – Comparative Themes on Data, Health Policy and Health Equity in the U.S. and UK

Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, MPH – Lecturer and Senior Fellow in Public Health (Health Policy); Faculty Director, InnovateHealth Yale


  • Professor Bola Owolabi, MRCGP, MFPH Hon, FRSPH – Director of the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, National Health Service England
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

10:45-11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00-12:10 – The depiction of social determinants of health (SDOH) in data


Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee – John D. Kalbfleisch Distinguished University Professor, Siobán D. Harlow Collegiate Professor of Public Health, and Chair of Biostatistics; Professor of Epidemiology and Global Public Health, UM School of Public Health


  • Monica Bharel, MD, MPH – Clinical Lead Public Sector Health at Google
  • Stephanie Pugliese, MPH – Director, Office of eHealth Innovation for the State of Colorado
  • Ines Maria Vigil, MD, MPH, MBA – SVP Services & Transformation at Clarify Health

12:10-1:10 – Lunch

1:10-2:20 – Community-based models for data


Kim Gallon, PhD, MS, MLIS – Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University


  • Mark Abraham, MPH, Data Haven
  • Oliver J. Bear Don’t Walk, IV, PhD, Aspaálooke - Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Washington
  • Michelle Wilson, Chief, Health Equity Institue, RIDOH

2:20-3:10 – Keynote speech

Professor Munmun De Choudhury, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Computing in Georgia Institute of Technology

3:10-3:40 – Coffee Break (and solar eclipse viewing)

3:40-4:50 – The effect of artificial intelligence on health data equity


Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH – Founder & CEO of The Greystone Group


  • Leying Guan, PhD – Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Yale University
  • Andrew Taylor, MD, MHS – Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, Emergency Medicine, and Biostatistics, and Founder and Director of Yale Interdisciplinary AI & Medicine Lab, Yale University
  • Asif Dhar, MD, MBA, – Vice Chair US Life Sciences & Health Care (LSHC) Industry Leader, Deloitte

4:50-5:00 –Speaker reception


8:30-12:30 - Closed-door roundtable discussions. Invite only.



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