Latham - Leadership
Mike Latham, BBA
Associate Director for Policy
Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance
Mike Latham assumed the position of associate director for policy in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS) in January 2014. He joined CDC in 2007, bringing more than 25 years of federal experience to the agency. Prior to his current position, Mr. Latham, a public health analyst, was the associate director for policy in the Health Information Technology and Surveillance Strategy Unit, Office of Public Health Scientific Services.
In his current position, Mr. Latham leads a team of analysts in coordinating, clearing, and responding to Executive and Congressional actions, budget formulation, and other policy issues related to the division’s strategic focus areas of enhancing syndromic and case-based surveillance, improving access to health-related data, and developing information systems. He also works with subject matter experts in these areas to ensure that program objectives are understood and help shape the statutes, policies, and guidelines that govern these activities.
Prior to CDC, Mr. Latham served as a federal contractor in what was then CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), where he managed policy and communication issues, leading the DSNS policy activities in support of the Hurricane Katrina response.
Mr. Latham retired from the United States Army in 2005 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. His military career spanned more than 21 years of service in various command and staff positions, including tours as the executive officer/special assistant to the senior artillery commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as the senior policy and issues manager for the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He culminated his military career as branch chief of the Inspections and Evaluation Division, Office of the Inspector General, United States Army Forces Command, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Latham received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Austin Peay State University, and he is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (emphasis in policy management).