Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS)
Acting Associate Director for Surveillance
Laura A. Conn, MPH, is acting associate director for surveillance in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS). Prior to this, she served as acting associate director for informatics in DHIS.
Prior to this position, she served as associate director for science and acting deputy director in the former Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office (PHITPO).
From October 2008 to December 2009, Ms. Conn was the lead for governance and senior scientist for the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. She also was the liaison with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT and other national health informatics activities. From June 2006 to October 2008, Ms. Conn was detailed from CDC to the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as the Nationwide Health Information Network program manager and senior advisor to the American Health Information Community working group on Population Health and Clinical Care Connections.
At CDC, Ms. Conn previously served as acting deputy director and as associate director for Program Development and Integration at the National Center for Public Health Informatics. While there she oversaw development and implementation of public health informatics solutions, strategies, and standards that were instrumental in improving public health informatics at CDC and nationally. Her work included leading the Public Health Information Network; engaging in informatics preparedness and response activities; and guiding the direction, requirements, and design of the BioSense initiative. Ms. Conn has also served as chief of systems integration coordination in the Information Resources Management Office and as an epidemiologist for CDC’s Emerging Infections Program in the Office of Surveillance, National Center for Infectious Diseases.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in epidemiology from Emory University. Ms. Conn also is a certified professional in health information exchange.