This talk will examine the role of technology in helping achieve health equity. Dr. Theresa Cullen, COM-T Class of 1983, will present the way that data, data science and digital tools are currently used by the Pima County Health Department to support this work, as well as the department’s plans for the future.
Dr. Cullen is a family physician who retired from the U.S. Public Health Service as a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in 2012 after a 25-year career. During that time, she provided direct clinical care and regional and national health informatics leadership within the Indian Health Service and the Department of Health and Human Services. She had multiple national and international deployments as a USPHS officer. After serving as Assitant Surgeon General, Dr. Cullen worked as the Veterans Health Administration chief medical information officer and she was the Associate Director of Global Health Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, where her work focused on using technology to meet identified clinical needs and improve health outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
Since May 2020, Dr. Cullen has been the Public Health Director of Pima County, Arizona, helping guide the county through the COVID-19 pandemic. She is committed to helping communities and countries to achieve health equity. Dr. Cullen also serves as a member of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Tucson Community Council.