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Big Data, Small Populations – A Conversation on Translational Health Equity Research

September 18, 2020

Xinzhi Zhang, MD, PhD, FACE, FRSM
Program Director, National Center for Data to Health (CD2H)
Lead, Rural Health and Health Equity
Lead, Diversity and Re-entry Supplements
Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program
Division of Clinical Innovation
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

About the Presentation: With deliberate efforts, Big Data presents a dramatic opportunity for reducing health disparities but without active engagement, it risks further widening them. This conversation will focus on challenges and opportunities that Big Data science may offer to the reduction of health and health care disparities.

About the Presenter:  Xinzhi Zhang is a program director in the NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation, where he manages a portfolio of Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), including the CTSA National Center for Data to Health. He is also a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, an elite group of public health leaders who respond to national health crises.

Zhang joined NIH in 2012 as a program director in the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities’ Division of Extramural Scientific Programs where he provided leadership for scientific program development and project management on minority health and health disparities research. Prior to that, Zhang had joined the National Center for Infectious Diseases’ Office of Surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2003 as a Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellow. From 2005 to 2012, he was an epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Zhang has authored papers for inclusion in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, as well as book chapters, and he has had more than 60 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Currently, he also serves as an associate editor of Health Equity.

Zhang received his M.D. from Peking Union Medical College in 1998 and his Ph.D. in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003.