Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
In 2014, CDC was selected to participate in the HHS Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) Program. The program brings innovators from outside government to work on complex and important health challenges. During her tenure as an EIR, Paula Braun is embedded in CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and develops ways CDC can use design thinking and advances in technology to modernize mortality reporting. She also collaborates with colleagues from across CDC to develop proof-of-concept SMART-on-FHIR applications to improve public and population health.
Paula began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in 2005. After that, she served as an analyst at the Government Accountability Office and later lived and worked at the US Embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2009-2011. Immediately prior to her role as an EIR, she worked as a data scientist for a predictive analytics firm called Elder Research and taught a course titled Informatics Solutions for Public Health Decision Making at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
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