Every year, a group of dedicated professionals volunteer to develop the agenda and content of the conference. The 2019 ISDS Scientific Program Committee, which includes distinct Workshop and One Health Symposium committees are diverse groups of individuals working in various sectors and disciplines.
ISDS thanks our committee members who volunteer their time and talent to the success of our annual conference.
Annual Conference Scientific Committee
Peter Hicks, MA, MPH, Chair
Mr. Hicks is an Epidemiologist and Informatician at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within CSELS and was the Project Officer for the MarketScan activity at CDC from 2009-2016. Mr. Hicks has been working in biosurveillance for over 20 years, beginning his career working on the Department of Defense’s ENCOMPASS project, which was one of the first national electronic surveillance systems to leverage Electronic Medical Record data to monitor population health and adverse events of public health significance. Peter has been with CDC for 15 years and was the surveillance coordinator for CDC during the 2009/2010 H1N1 Influenza Response as well as the agency’s response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. From 2014-2016, he was the co-Chair of the CDC ICD-9/10 Transition Workgroup. He has been the co-Chair of the Informatics Track for the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Annual Conference (2014-2018) and active member within the society. He is one of CDC’s representatives to HL7 and the agency’s lead for the “Implementation and Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance”.
Eric Bakota, Workshop Chair
Eric Bakota is a Public Health Analyst with Harris County (TX) Public Health. He attended the University of Houston, where he earned his BA in English and MS in Biology. His entire career has been as a civil servant in local public health as a sanitarian, epidemiologist, informatician and now an analyst. He spent three years with the Houston Health Department before joining Harris County Public Health.
He is a former SHINE fellow as part of the I-TIPP program and he helped author the3rd Annual Epidemiology-in-Review for Houston. He currently leads the ISDS R Group for Biosurveillance.
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Jina Joan Dcruz
Jeff Johnson is a Senior Epidemiologist with San Diego County, Health and Human Service’s Agency. He is directs a team of staff responsible for public health surveillance and biosurveillance projects including: oversight of the communicable disease surveillance registry, electronic lab reporting, syndromic surveillance, response to public health events and strategic planning. He currently helps coordinate and integrate surveillance activities between local, state and federal agencies and is a member of several local, state and federal surveillance committees and workgroups.
Wayne Loschen, ISDS President