Enhancing Data Sharing Partnerships for Public Health Emergencies and Response


Start Date and Time: Wed, Feb 7, 2024, 1:00 pm ET

End Date and Time: Wed, Feb 7, 2024, 5:30 pm ET


Registration Required, The Forum at Columbia University

The NYC Pandemic Response Institute invites you to attend a session on Enhancing Data Sharing Partnerships during Public Health Emergencies and Response. The event takes place at The Forum at Columbia University on Wednesday, February 7th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (lunch will be served), followed by an optional happy hour/networking session from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. 

Public health emergencies evolve quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted several challenges in effective and timely data sharing, including data privacy and security concerns, capacity, limited interoperability and streamlining of data sources, and complex bureaucratic processes that hindered collaboration and coordination. Stakeholders need to be able to share data and information in a timely manner that takes into consideration accuracy, privacy, and effective communication and engagement.

Enhancing Data Sharing Partnerships during Public Health Emergencies and Response is the first of a novel series of events that will bring together a broad group of multisectoral stakeholders from civil society, government, business, and academia to reflect on past data sharing practices, gaps, and partnerships during emergencies.

Your participation in this session will:

  • Contribute to the development of a framework for effective data-centric collaboration.
  • Help develop improved processes for data sharing during a public health emergency.
  • Directly inform the structure and participants in future sessions.

Through this series of events, we hope to better understand the complexities of data sharing practices during emergencies, and move towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of data sharing and cross-sector collaboration.

Registration is now closed.

Please note that this event is closed to the press. Please do not forward this invitation to others. If you are unable to attend or would like someone else to attend on behalf of your organization, please email us. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please let us know if you need any special accommodations when registering.

Featured Speakers

Shama Desai Ahuja, PhD

Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Communicable Diseases
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


As the Director of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology in the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where Dr. Ahuja oversees the tuberculosis registry and case management system, surveillance and reporting, field epidemiology, outbreak detection and response, laboratory activities, molecular epidemiology, data analysis and research. Her primary research interests include the epidemiology of TB in high-risk populations, use of molecular epidemiology in TB control, outcomes of patients with drug-resistant TB, the interaction of TB and other infectious and non-infectious conditions and translating research into policy. Prior to her work at the NYC Health Department, Dr. Ahuja worked as a surveillance epidemiologist for the CDC’s Georgia Emerging Infections Program conducting active surveillance and data analyses for foodborne diseases and bacterial meningitis pathogens.

Dr. Ahuja is currently serving on the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis, she sits on the Latent TB Infection Reporting workgroup of the National TB Controller’s Association and is the Abstract Committee Chair for the National Tuberculosis Conference. Dr. Ahuja is the founding past president of the Society for Epidemiology in Tuberculosis Control and an active member of the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. In addition she is the Chair of the New York City Tuberculosis Research Consortium. 

Jeff Shaman, PhD

Interim Dean, Dean’s Office, Columbia Climate School
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and of Climate,
Mailman School of Public Health


Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, works in the fields of climate and environmental health, climate dynamics, infectious disease epidemiology, and infectious disease modeling and forecasting. He uses mathematical and statistical models to describe, understand, and forecast the transmission dynamics of disease systems, and to investigate the broader effects of climate and weather on human health. During the Covid-19 pandemic, his team built one of the first models to project the spread and understand the epidemiological properties of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Shaman has studied a number of climate phenomena, including Rossby wave dynamics, atmospheric jet waveguides, the coupled South Asian monsoon-ENSO system, extratropical precipitation, and tropical cyclogenesis.

Shaman was awarded his PhD by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He received an MA and MPhil from Columbia University in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

Meghan McGinty, PhD, MPH, MBA

Senior Executive, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Emergency Management | Risk & Resilience Operations
Tetra Tech, Inc.


Dr. Meghan McGinty is the Senior Executive of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response at Tetra Tech, a global consulting and engineering firm, focusing on water, environment, sustainable infrastructure, and renewable energy. She develops and implements strategies to help the public health and healthcare sector effectively adapt and respond to health risks and address health inequities posed by public health and other emergencies. Dr. McGinty has worked at all levels of government, in academia, and in the private sector to ensure local communities are more resilient to the effects of all disasters. Previously, Dr. McGinty served as the Director of Emergency Management at New York City Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal healthcare delivery system in the United States, where she led its systemwide response to COVID-19.

From 2008-2011, Dr. McGinty directed Continuity of Operations Planning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She was responsible for developing and implementing plans to sustain essential public health services in the event of a disaster or pandemic, which were implemented first during H1N1 and subsequently during Hurricane Sandy. She has supported preparedness and response initiatives of the U.S. National Response Team, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Public Health Services, and the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to collaboratively protect the health and safety of the 56 million people they serve. As a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. McGinty’s research and teaching examine health sector resilience, risk management and communication, pandemic and epidemic response, and continuity of operations (COOP). She has researched or responded to major public health emergencies including the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, the 2022 Ebola Uganda outbreak, the 2021 Ebola Guinea outbreak, the 2015-16 Zika virus disease outbreak, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Las Vegas Mass Shooting and Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Rita.

Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA

Chief Epidemiologist
Deputy Director
Center for Population Health Data Science
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA, serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Population Health Data Science and as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Chief Epidemiologist. In addition, Dr. Van Wye has served as the Assistant Commissioner and Registrar of the Bureau of Vital Statistics within DOHMH for over 5 years. She has extensive experience in applied public health, epidemiology, management, strategic planning, and communication.   

Dr. Van Wye also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she teaches and supports student research in health literacy, obesity, and vital records and statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University, her M.A. in Health Communication from the University of Georgia, and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Event Venue

The event activities will take place at the The Forum at Columbia University located at 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027.


Subject to Change.

12:30PMRegistration Opens, Lunch Served
1:00PMWelcome and Opening Remarks
1:20PMPanel Discussion
2:30PMSmall Group Discussions
3:15PMSmall Group Read Out (Moderated Panel)
3:45PMClosing Remarks
4:00PMOptional Happy Hour/Networking Session
5:30PMEvent Ends