The ways in which different sectors are able to collect and use newly available data sources range tremendously, due to inherent differences in underlying infrastructure, financing, privacy issues, and the specific innovations that advance particular issues. With support from the California Healthcare Foundation, Dialogue4Health is excited to announce a new Web Forum series exploring the public health sector’s relationship with data. In the three-part series, we will

  • Explore the current landscape of data and public health;
  • Investigate exciting and innovative work currently being implemented, and;
  • Imagine and plan for the ways in which improved use of data could advance the public’s health.

In our first Web Forum, Making Data Work for the Public's Health: The Current Total we will examine the current landscape of data and public health, looking at both the successes achieved and the challenges we have learned from. Specifically, we will address issues of security versus safety, developing support and infrastructure, and how to describe and quantify the benefits of using data in our public health work. 


Sandra R. Hernández, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer

California HealthCare Foundation

San Francisco, CA

Dr. Sandra R. Hernández became president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation in January 2014. CHCF is an independent foundation with assets of more than $700 million, headquartered in Oakland, California, and dedicated to improving the health of the people of California. Prior to joining CHCF, Hernández was…

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Damon Davis, MBA

Director for the Health Data Initiative, Office of the Chief Technology Officer

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Washington DC

Damon Davis serves as Director for the Health Data Initiative in the office of the Chief Technology Officer in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He is responsible for leading the Department’s efforts to promote the Health Data Initiative, a movement devoted to implementing policies directed at improving…

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Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPA

Senior Health Advisor

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

San Francisco, CA

Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. She currently serves as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including healthy planning, big data,…

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Shell Culp

Chief Innovation Officer

Stewards of Change

Sacramento, CA

Shell Culp joined Stewards of Change in 2014, after more than three decades in California state public service, where she most recently served as the Agency Information Officer for California Health and Human Services Agency, the largest agency in  California State government.  Shell also served as the Interim Director and Chief Deputy Director of the…

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