Director, Data Modernization Initiative Implementation Unit, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Jim Kucik, PhD, MPH
Director, Data Modernization Initiative Implementation Unit
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance
Jim has served as the Director of the Data Modernization Initiative Implementation Unit in CSELS OD since November 2020. Prior to coming to CSELS, Jim served as the Deputy Director of the Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office (PRADO) in CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy & Strategy. In PRADO, he collaborated across CDC and with external partners to build the evidence case for polices that improve population health and reduce costs, translate CDC’s strong scientific work to inform policy development, and develop strategic partnerships to better move evidence to action.
Previous work at CDC includes extensive leadership and research experience in the collection, analysis, and reporting of birth defects surveillance data as director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital Defects Program, during which his research focused on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health and survival of children born with birth defects and on access to care among medically needy children.
He received a PhD in Health and Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MPH with a focus in epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and an AB in political science from Brown University.
Originally from western Pennsylvania, Jim has lived in Atlanta since 1999. He is the active father of three fantastic children and thoroughly enjoys helping them pursue their passions. His own passions include his dogs, hiking, camping, paddling, enjoying craft beers, and, for better or worse, watching the Steelers.