Informatics Research Seminar: Beacon Community Projects: Public Health Innovations in Health Informatics Technology

March 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: John Graham, PhD, PMP
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar




One of seventeen demonstration projects nationwide, the Southern Piedmont Beacon Community Project,  funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology,  has initiated several health information technology demonstration projects. Among these are three projects that address public health needs.  First, the NC Community Health Information Portal (NC-HIP), enables public health professionals to assess the health status of their communities.  The second is a health education avatar intended to supplement the work of health educators, nurses, and nutritionists in a number of clinical and prevention related interventions, and the Daily Disease Report is a public health surveillance tool intended to track the incidence of disease symptoms in county schools on a daily basis. This presentation will describe these projects and applications, how they’re working and how they’re being received.


Dr. Graham is the Deputy Director, Outreach and Consultation, for the NC Institute for Public Health at the Gillings School for Global Public Health.  Dr. Graham oversees a range of management consulting and HIT programs to enhance the capacity of public health agencies. He has also coordinated a number of  public health initiatives intended to improve the health of communities throughout North Carolina.  Among this larger set of responsibilities, Dr. Graham is coordinating the public health HIT initiatives in the Southern Piedmont Beacon Community Project.