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1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Using Technology to Drive Public Health 3.0

This panel explores the opportunities and challenges presented by technology to inform decision making and public sentiment as well as surveil and monitor health outcomes in near real time. This panel focuses on achieving the promise of Public Health 3.0 by addressing aspects ranging from technology requirements, to data governance, security, and sharing concerns to workforce capacity limitations to increasing public demand/expectations for access to easily visualized information.

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Kerry Burch, MPH
Director, Office of Innovation & Strategy
Mecklenburg County Public Health

Kerry Burch is the director of the Office of Innovation and Strategy for Mecklenburg County Public Health. In this role she oversees department-wide initiatives including training, grant development, strategic planning, and special projects. Kerry is a former board member of MedLink, a collaboration of free and low cost health service providers in Mecklenburg County and continues to support efforts that improve access to care. Kerry also has a background in epidemiology and health literacy and earned her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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Saugat Karki, MD, MS
Health Scientist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Saugat Karki is a physician by training and practiced clinical medicine in Nepal. He received a Masters degree in Health Informatics from UNCC and was with APHI during his time as a graduate student. He then completed the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and now works as a Health Scientist specializing in disease surveillance, health data exchange, clinical decision support systems, and data science. 

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Jonathan Ong
Senior Health Program Manager
Mecklenburg County Public Health

Jonathan Ong is currently the Senior Health Manager of Mecklenburg County Health Department. He oversees applications, analytics, and data strategy and guides health IT innovation and design. At Mecklenburg County Public Health, together with his team, he built a data analytics framework and optimized and expanded various EMRs used in multiple services. As an integral part of the county’s COVID-19 response team, Jonathan developed a set of cohesive applications that handled case investigation, contact tracing, communication, and training.

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Jamie Sunde, MPH, MBA, CPHQ
Community & Population Health Executive Advisor, findhelp

Jamie started her lifelong commitment to improving the health of the underserved while studying at Loma Linda University in Southern California, in a Community Clinic where she gained frontline skills in connecting families with resources and later developed framework for the clinic system to embed quality and reporting into their community programming. In a move back to the east coast, she took on a role with a large health system to address access to care and the social determinants of health through innovative clinical and community programming including building and implementing the framework for screening and connecting patients to community-based resources, and a centralized community health worker program. Most recently, she has taken on her new role to create strategies across the country to address health disparities and create equity in access using technology and community-based interventions. Jamie is an also an NCSU alum and has her own Wolfpack of four children that she enjoys the arts and nature with. 



Michael Dulin, MD, PhD
Executive Director, APHI

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD is the Executive Director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI) at UNC Charlotte – a collaboration designed to advance community and population health.  


Dulin started his career as an Electrical and Biomedical Engineer and then received his MD/PhD studying Neurophysiology from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine and entered private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.  After working as a community-based provider, he became the Research Director and then the Chair of the Carolinas Healthcare System’s Department of Family Medicine where he founded and directed a primary care practice-based research network (MAPPR) that has had ongoing federal funding since 2006.  Immediately prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Dulin served as an executive at Atrium Health where he led the system’s analytics center of excellence as well as their center for outcomes-based research and evaluation.


From 2020-2021, Dr. Dulin has been a Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine where he supported the U.S. House of Representative Energy and Commerce Committee working on policy issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, public health data infrastructure, social determinants of health, mental health, and health information technology.  His ongoing policy fellowship is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now focuses on bias in artificial intelligence.  Dr. Dulin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of health information technology (HIT) and application of analytics and outcomes research to improve care delivery and advance population health. 

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