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Integrating Public Health and Primary Care to Assure Healthy Communities



The committee, convened at the request of the U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will examine ways to better integrate public health and primary care to assure healthy communities. Committee members will address potential actions, needs or barriers regarding science, finance, governance, health information technology, delivery systems and practice and policy.

The committee will produce an evidence-based, integrated model and other recommendations to help achieve successful linkages between public health and primary care.

The health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM studies the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care, working outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative counsel to decision makers and the public.

“In today’s world, public health faces new difficult challenges in the face of diminishing resources, such as bioterrorism, emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant organisms. Public health informatics is there to guide the way—a systematic application of information, computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning,” said Dr. Grannis.

Dr. Grannis is the director and principal investigator of the Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics. ICEPHI is a collaboration of the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University, IU School of Medicine, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Marion County (IND.) Health Department and others.

Dr. Grannis holds an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received his medical degree from Michigan State University and pursued post-doctoral training in medical informatics and clinical research at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

He joined the Regenstrief Institute and IU School of Medicine faculties in 2001 and collaborates closely with national and international public health stakeholders to advance technical infrastructure and data-sharing capabilities.

Dr. Grannis oversees the evaluation and operation of the nation’s largest automated regional electronic laboratory reporting system that demonstrated substantial increases in the electronic capture rates for diseases of public health significance when compared to traditional, manual, paper-based procedures. He has developed methods to protect the privacy and confidentiality of protected health information used for public health syndromic surveillance.

He is project director for an ongoing initiative integrating data flows from more than 110 Indiana hospitals for use in public health disease surveillance and clinical research.

The Regenstrief Institute and the IU School of Medicine are located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.