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Laura Wright

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Spatial Epidemiologist

Laura is a Spatial Epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she has been working with the “Geospatial Research and Analysis Services Program” (GRASP) for 5 years. Laura’s background is in public health (receiving her MPH from Emory University in 2013), and in her current role, she uses technology daily to track disease, collect and process data, and inform decision makers on her results. Her work largely revolves around emergency response activities, having worked with recent epidemics such as Ebola, and Zika, as well as participating in Polio eradication efforts. She would not consider herself a “techie” but loves to experiment with different ways to incorporate technology in the advancement of public health programs and messaging. For Laura, the use of technology is vital for improving efficacy, sustainability, and relevance in the Public Health sphere, regardless of the health issue.