Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD is the Director for the Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance, and Technology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In this position, she is responsible for leading, coordinating, and executing a comprehensive public health data strategy and improving the availability and use of public health data to inform decision-making and action. One of her primary responsibilities is to lead the CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative and serve as an advisor to the CDC Director, Mandy Cohen.
Layden joined the CDC in 2020 as the Deputy Director, Office of Science, and then served as the Deputy Director, Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS). She also previously served as public health officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as teaching at Univ. of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University Chicago.
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