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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Aaron McKethan, PhD

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”, beginning this January. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the January seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: January 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Chesterfield Building (701 W Main Street), rooms 2608/2609
​Parking: Parking Deck at 704 W Pettigrew St. Please email CHDI for a parking validation sticker

Seminar Title: "Leveraging NC data for child health"
Speaker: Aaron McKethan, PhD
Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Senior Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Dr. McKethan's career spans the private sector, government, and academia. He focuses on health care delivery and provider payment innovation; most recently, he was co-founder of a predictive analytics and technology company focusing on improving population health (acquired by UPMC Enterprises in 2016). Previously, he directed the country’s largest health IT demonstration program, the Beacon Communities, at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also previously served as Research Director in health policy at the Brookings Institution, where he led projects focusing on payment reform, health care quality, and state health policy. He also previously served in various roles in health care management consulting.

In addition to his Duke and DHHS roles, Dr. McKethan serves as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health and is on the board of trustees for the NC State Employees’ and Retirees’ Health Plan. His work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jillian Hurst at or 919.668.8776.

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