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AMIA Announces Partnership with CDC to Enhance Public Health Informatics

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AMIA is pleased to announce the launch of a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the breadth and depth of the public health workforce by providing training in public health informatics and encourage new explorations of innovations at the intersection of public health and health informatics. The project expects to:

-- Train and educate the public health workforce, with a focus on local

and state health agencies

-- Enhance curricular content for public health informatics

-- Explore and foster innovations in public health informatics

-- Convene experts on topics to advance the Nation's public health

informatics agenda, including education and research, and to develop

position papers.

-- Help strengthen informatics at the CDC.

Don E. Detmer, AMIA President and CEO will serve as the project's principal investigator, and Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA's Associate Vice President for Policy will be the program manager. AMIA expects to work closely with a number of partner organizations to dramatically advance public health informatics workforce development through the AMIA 10x10 initiative (see This award is funded by the Office of the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) and the Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ODCDC).

"Done properly, public health should be enhanced substantially through a wide range of information technology applications. To this end, public health professionals need training in informatics as well as a new workforce of public health informaticians capable of leading essential educational and research initiatives," said Dr. Detmer. Dr. Paul Tang, AMIA Chairman added that "AMIA is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Les Lenert as the new Director of the CDC's National Center for Public Health Informatics. The increasing role of public health in the health of individuals across the globe becomes more apparent every day. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between AMIA and the CDC -- working together for better health."

About the CDC National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI)

CDC created the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) in 2005 to provide leadership in the application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning. NCPHI's mission is to protect and improve the public's health through science and service in health information technology and informatics. Through intramural and extramural research and service, NCPHI is working to enhance CDC's ongoing efforts to improve public health by advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public health information systems.

About AMIA

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is a professional organization of leaders shaping the future of biomedical and health informatics in the United States and over 50 other nations. AMIA is dedicated to the development and application of informatics in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy. Complete information about AMIA is available at:

For more information, contact:

Tia Abner

301-657-1291 ext. 105

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