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The use of health data in public health is instrumental in making effective and informed decisions. At Peel Public Health, there has been a concerted effort to improve such use by all staff through both addressing the barriers and creating enablers. This presentation will focus on how Peel Public Health has enhanced staff knowledge and skills in applying health data to public health decisions. The presenters will also describe the organizational tools and processes that are needed to sustain this work over the long term.
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Presenters: Julie Stratton and Monali Varia
Julie Stratton has worked in public health for over 20 years. Currently, Julie is manager, Epidemiology, at Peel Public Health. Her team of epidemiologists and health analysts provide research and analytical and data support to staff within the Public Health Department. Julie began her public health career as a public health inspector and then returned to school to complete her master of science in epidemiology. She has worked as an epidemiologist at both the local and federal level.
Monali Varia has 14 years of experience in public health at the local, provincial, federal, and international levels. Trained as an epidemiologist, Monali is currently manager, Infection Prevention and Surveillance, at Peel Public Health. Her portfolio includes surveillance, infection control, vaccine management, and emergency preparedness.
Julie and Monali recently completed a fellowship in the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program, a Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement program that develops capacity and leadership to optimize the use of research evidence in managing Canadian health care organizations.
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