About

I am a data analyst and public health expert currently working with US health survey and vital statistics data, with an active interest in global health, open data, and human rights. I have been involved with domestic public health projects in both federal and state public health agencies. On the federal level, I have worked for the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the SENSOR Pesticide Poisoning Surveillance Program as well as its National Center for Health Statistics' data visualization initiative. On the state level, I have worked with the Texas Department for State Health Services, first coordinating the ALS Surveillance Project and then as a research epidemiologist and data manager for the HIV Prevention Program. I also worked as a health data analyst for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Center for Analytics and Decision Support. In my current position, I provide public health expertise and data analysis as the Associate Director of Public Health Services for Cadence Group.

I have served as the Communications Committee Chair for APHA's International Health Section for seven years, managing the website, blog, and social media profiles of the IH Section. In addition, I have also written for Medscape and End the Neglect, and I have contributed to PSI Healthy Lives as well. From March 2013 to April 2014, I worked with DAWNS Digest, a daily hand-curated digest of global health, development, and humanitarian news and commentary. I have worked on publications for INTASAVE Asia-Pacific and the UK DfID's Adapting to Climate Change in China Programme. Beginning in 2012, I worked for 18 months as an English teacher in South Korea in an effort to gain work experience abroad and improve my cultural communication skills.

My independent research and advocacy initiatives, which I have pursued through the IH Section and as an affiliated researcher at the Rapoport Center at the UT School of Law, have focused on HIV-related travel restrictions with a particular focus on South Korea. I have authored two organizational policies on this issue adopted by the American Public Health Association and one by the World Federation of Public Health Associations. I have also written extensively on the topic on global health blogs (including this one), for news organizations, and in scholarly journals. For more information and links, please refer to my publications page.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on issues related to global health, development, or human rights (or data initiatives in any of the aforementioned areas). E-mail me at jmkeralis [at] gmail [dot] com. I am also available on Skype under the user name jessica.keralis.

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