Data Day 2019




Keynote Speakers:

Amanda J. Wilson was appointed Head, National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO), in January 2017. NNCO coordinates the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the field force for the National Library of Medicine. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: 1) providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and, 2) improving the public's access to information, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health and healthcare. One of the major accomplishments of Wilson's tenure at NNCO is the establishment of a new partnership between NLM and the NIH All of Us(link is external) Research Program. The purpose of the partnership is improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

From Dec 2006-Jan 2017, Wilson served as Director, National Transportation Library (NTL(link is external)), an all-digital library. At NTL, she focused on building collections, data curation, increasing awareness of NTL collections and services, and coordinating the national network of transportation libraries. Prior to NTL, Wilson served as Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. From 2016-2018, she served as Chair of CENDI(link is external), the federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers group. Wilson is also an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science.

Dr. Deborah Duran is the director of NIMHD’s Office of Science Policy, Strategic Planning, Analysis, Reporting, and Data (OSPARD). She has 20 years of experience in organizational strategic planning, system assessments, science policy, measures, metrics, data management, performance monitoring, and reporting. Dr. Duran leads two branches within OSPARD: Science Planning, Policy, and Reporting; and Data, Assessments, Resources, and Evaluation. OSPARD serves NIMHD planning, assessment, analysis, and reporting needs and coordinates trans-NIH minority health and health disparities planning and reporting requirements. Dr. Duran hopes to help NIMHD become the centralized source of minority health and health disparities biomedical data, policies, and scientific advances.

Dr. Duran has spent much of her NIH career serving as performance director in the NIH Office of the Director, handling a wide range of responsibilities, including program performance monitoring, budget performance integration, organization performance assessments, and strategic planning. She designed a centralized online reporting system, currently used by NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to assist in the collection, analysis, and communication of organization performance information.

Dr. Duran trained in social psychology and virus research, statistics, evaluation, counseling, and computer science. She has experience as an educator, principal investigator, advocate, researcher, consultant, and counselor. Her areas of interest include system science, population health, Hispanic health, behavior research, cancer, coping, end-of-life care, palliative care, data systems, data management, and training minority youth.

Dr. Duran has a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in research methodologies and statistics. In 2000 and in 2004, Dr. Duran earned the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.


Session 1 - Health Equities/Disparities

Reem Aly, JD, MHA, Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Talk Title: Closing Ohio’s health gaps: Moving towards equity

Reem Aly is the Vice President of Healthcare System and Innovation Policy at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Aly leads work on current and emerging health policy issues related to healthcare system and access, healthcare spending, social determinants of health and equity.

She co-leads development of HPIO’s Health Value Dashboard and is currently leading HPIO’s contracted work to develop the state’s Maternal and Child Health and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Assessments.

Stef Murawsky, MA, WGSS, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology Pronouns: they/them/theirs

University of Cincinnati Department of Sociology

I am currently completing a qualitative dissertation that explores transgender patient experiences of navigating and managing a stigmatized gender identity in biomedical contexts.  I plan to generate a critical analysis of stigma in healthcare that demonstrates how structural, interpersonal and individual level transgender healthcare experiences are gendered and racialized.

Sarah Pickle, MD (she/her/hers), Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Pickle and her colleagues are studying best practices for training future generations of health care professionals in transgender medicine.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is one of the only US Medical Schools to have a nationally published, dedicated transgender medicine curriculum.

Joint Talk with Dr. Pickle and  Stef Murwsky - Title: Developing Best Practices to Address LGBTQ and Health Disparities


Tammy Mentzel, MPH, Assistant Director for Programs and Projects, University of Cincinnati, Academic Health Center, Cincinnati Cancer Center

Talk Title(s): Understanding Health Disparities and Perceptions of Discrimination in Greater Cincinnati

Tammy served as the Program Director for the Transformation of Mission-based Health Care through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project aimed at bolstering diversity in the health care workforce and eliminating health disparities in urban communities by identifying, testing and adopting evidence-based strategies and tools.

Tammy was formerly in the College of Nursing at UC where she was a Research Associate and Program Director providing leadership and support on six funded research projects totaling over $4.6 million.


Session 2 - Data empowering Social Justice

Theresa M. Culley, Professor and Head of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Talk Title: Lessons From Publishing: Do Researchers in Developing Countries Receive Credit for Their Work?

My laboratory is working to better understand if scientists in developing countries, where the majority of plant biodiversity occurs, are receiving proper scientific recognition for their research in the form of authorship in the peer-reviewed literature.  We are also interested in promoting shared, accessible data that may be used in future studies to make novel advancements in the biological field.

Our research thus far indicates that many scientists in developing countries are not being included in the published literature as authors.

Brian Howe, UC College of Law - Ohio Innocence Project

Talk Title:  Data and Wrongful Convictions

The Ohio Innocence Project is a legal clinic that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions and free innocent men and women from Ohio prisons.  OIP also seeks to educate the public about the causes of wrongful convictions and enact policies to reform the criminal legal system in Ohio.

 To date, the Ohio Innocence Project has helped free 28 innocent people from prison, making it one of the most successful post-conviction clinics in the country.

Christopher J. Sullivan, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Talk Title: Working with Agency Data to Better Understand Racial Disparities: The Case of Disproportionate Minority Contact with the Juvenile Justice System

This presentation is based on a recently-concluded study that sought to better understand patterns of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in Ohio’s juvenile justice system.  The project required extensive assessment and integration of record data that varied in their structures, availability of key fields, and operational definitions, which were collected or extracted from dozens of local juvenile court and police agencies across the state.

Currently lead federally-funded research studies on juvenile risk and needs assessment and important reforms in Ohio’s juvenile justice systems.


Power Session - Interactive mapping of social vulnerability caused by climate change using R

Richard Johansen,  UC Libraries - Research and Data Services

Richard Johansen is currently the Data Visualization Specialist for UCL’s Research and Data Services. Richard’s primary role is to manage the Research Lab spaces, collaborate with researchers on interdisciplinary projects, and provide technical workshops.

Richard has recently published his first open-source R package entitled “waterquality” for monitoring water quality from satellite imagery.

Mark Chalmers, UC Libraries – Science and Engineering Libraries

Mark Chalmers is the Science and Engineering Librarian whose primary focus is serving as the liaison librarian for the engineering disciplines, physics, and mathematics.

Mark recently developed an introductory Gephi workshop for network analysis.

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