Esri Health and Human Services
GIS Conference

September 14 - 16, 2015  |  Atlanta, Georgia

2015 Speakers


Plenary Speakers

Sherry French

Sherry French

Lieutenant, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville, Florida

With over 19 years of experience at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Sherry French started her career with the Agency in the Communications Center. She has spent time in the Patrol Operations Division where calls for service are handled, the Criminal Investigations Division handling Domestic Violence Cases and Crimes against Children, been in a variety of Administrative Positions, and served on several Special Teams. She has a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. Ms. French had the pleasure of being the Sergeant, and now is currently the Lieutenant of a Unit that works closely with those residents referred to in the recent NPR article “A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To Map Childhood Trauma”. This unit works at trying to solve problems instead of using the temporary fix of jail.

Data to Action: How Maps Forged a Partnership Between a Health System and Law Enforcement


Nancy S. Hardt, MD

Nancy S. Hardt, MD

Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Health Disparities and Service Learning, University of Florida College of Medicine

As a professor and director at the University of Florida, Nancy Hardt, MD works to foster collaboration with community leaders to address local health equality issues. In a recent project that spurred the community into action, Dr. Hardt developed a health report card using GIS to map key health indicators in Alachua County, Florida. The report card highlighted health inequalities throughout the county. Dr. Hardt spearheaded the university’s response to the report card by assembling a team of community health professionals, faculty, and student volunteers. The team operated a mobile health clinic in underserved neighborhoods and provided more than 18,000 free health care visits over five years. Dr. Hardt founded the Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine special admissions track at the College of Medicine and co-founded the Intimate Partner Violence Clinic with the College of Law. She received recognition for her community outreach efforts from the Gainesville Sun in 2012 (Sprit of Gainesville), Blue Foundation in 2013 (Sapphire Award), and Loyola University in 2014 (Damen Award). Dr. Hardt is currently a Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship with the College of Business Administration and was recognized as Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellow of the Year.

Data to Action: How Maps Forged a Partnership Between a Health System and Law Enforcement


Brian R. Jacobs

Brian R. Jacobs, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer at Children’s National Medical Center

Brian R. Jacobs, MD, is Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Pediatric Informatics. In this capacity, he directs the Children’s IQ Network® a pediatric health information exchange in the DC metropolitan region. Dr. Jacobs is a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University and an attending in the Pediatric Critical Care Department. Prior to joining Children’s National Medical Center, Dr. Jacobs was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, as well as the Director of Technology and Patient Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While at Cincinnati Children’s, he oversaw the implementation of their electronic medical record and was the principal author and winner of the HIMSS Davies Award. Dr. Jacobs has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and scientific presentations. He frequently shares his knowledge in the pediatric space as a guest lecturer at conferences, leadership forums, and hospitals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He also is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Services and is serves as a member of the HIMSS Board of Directors.


Nick Macchione

Nick Macchione, F.A.C.H.E

Agency Director, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego, California

With more than 26 years of experience in the delivery, management and policy of health and human services, Nick Macchione serves as director of San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency. He directs a professional workforce of 6,000 employees with a $2 billion annual operating budget. Under Macchione’s leadership, the Agency has secured more than $750 million in competitive grant funds over the past seven years and has earned local, state, and national recognition for its innovative, cost-effective solutions in improving the health, safety and well-being for its more than one million clients.

In 2010 Macchione led a bold and ambitious countywide health and wellness movement known as Live Well San Diego. This groundbreaking data-driven strategy is a high-level, collective impact for population health improvement. Live Well San Diego is being implemented through public-private partnerships in building better health, safer living, and economic vitality for all San Diegans.

Mr. Macchione holds dual masters’ degrees from Columbia University and New York University where he specialized in health services management and health policy.


Liz VanWormer

Liz VanWormer

One Health Epidemiologist

As a One Health epidemiologist, Liz VanWormer focuses on health at the interface of humans, animals (both domestic and wild), and the environment in the US and internationally. One Health is an approach that brings together diverse stakeholders, disciplines, and perspectives to address complex health challenges facing people, animals, and ecosystems. After earning her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Michigan State University and PhD from the University of California, Davis, Liz spent three years living and working on One Health projects in Tanzania. As a staff scientist at the University of California, Davis One Health Institute, Liz uses GIS to investigate how environmental change influences the transmission of zoonotic diseases (diseases shared by animals and people).

Maps and models in One Health: using ArcGIS as a tool to understand pathogen transmission in coastal California