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ASTHO Connects: In Health Matters, Place Matters -The Health Opportunity Index (HOI) Training

Meeting Description:

Please join us for the Health Opportunity Index (HOI) training webinar.  The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity team will provide an in-depth presentation highlighting how they developed the HOI, an online mapping tool of community health influences that allows advocates, citizens, and providers to view the many factors that affect health across their state.

The Health Opportunity Index (HOI) provides a baseline for communities and public health practitioners to determine which specific factors are contributing to poor health outcomes and tailor interventions addressing those specific social determinants of health and population health needs.

ASTHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will host this training opportunity for public health professionals (e.g. informaticians, epidemiologists, minority health/health equity professionals, Senior Deputies, etc.) interested in learning more about data tools to advance health equity.

Participants will explore:

  • Step-by-step the development of the HOI online mapping tool. The speakers will discuss cost, infrastructure needs, and associated challenges.
  • How state health departments can use their state data to better understand the root causes for poor health, identify inequities, and customize interventions.
  • How to use the HOI to educate the community, advocate, and engage payers and new partners.


This will be an interactive discussion, and we encourage you to invite your staff. Please contact Melissa Lewis if you have questions. 

Date: Wed, May 23, 2018
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Melissa Lewis
 Presenter Information
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
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Dr. Liburd is the Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role she leads a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health and health equity, women’s health, and diversity and inclusion management. She plays a critical leadership role in determining the agency’s vision for health equity, ensuring a rigorous, evidence-based approach to the practice of health equity, and promoting the ethical practice of public health in vulnerable communities. 
Dr. Liburd holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a master of public health in health education/health behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of arts in cultural anthropology and a doctor of philosophy degree in medical anthropology from Emory University.

Lauren R. Powell, MPA, PhD
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Dr. Powell is the Director of Health Equity for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In her role, she leads the Commonwealth in its statewide strategic plans and initiatives towards achieving health equity for Virginia’s 8.4 million residents. Dr. Powell has an established track-record as a community-engaged social epidemiologist, and health disparities researcher. She recently completed her Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Doctorate in Clinical and Population Health Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Justin Crow, MPA
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Mr. Crow is the Director of the Division of Social Epidemiology in the Office of Health Equity of the Virginia Department of Health.  Prior to joining the Office of Health Equity, Justin served as the Deputy Director for the Virginia Healthcare Workforce Data Center and the Deputy Executive Director for the Board of Health Professions, both with the Virginia Department of Health Professions.  Justin earned his Master in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and his baccalaureate degree from the University of Mary Washington.  Justin is most proud of his work highlighting the importance of healthcare to rural economies.

Rexford Anson-Dwamena, MPH
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Mr. Anson-Dwamena is a Senior Social Epidemiologist with the Office of Health Equity in the Virginia Department of Health.  He has over 10 years of experience in spatial epidemiology and public health including epidemiological methods, geospatial analysis, predictive modeling and research design.  Rex earned his Master of Public Health degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from George Mason University.  Rex is most proud of his research into the effects of the closure of hospital-based obstetrical services in rural areas.