Director Communicable Disease Division of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Jim directs the Communicable Disease Division of MDHHS, which includes traditional infectious disease epidemiology, a contingent of Regional Epidemiologists, facilitators of cross border health initiatives, anti-microbial resistance, respiratory, enteric, tuberculosis and blood borne disease epidemiology specialists as well as staff working in support of a broad range of novel surveillance initiatives.
In leading the development of the Michigan Disease Surveillance System and the implementation of Michigan’s Syndromics Surveillance Initiative, he has facilitated the creation of a new model for communicable disease surveillance in the State. These programs inherently involve the integration of several partners from the local to federal level as well as coordination of activities among a variety of technical development contracts. His experience in this capacity of public health has led to his inclusion on several national workgroups that are defining the content of the Public Health Information Network initiative while functioning as agency lead on public health integration of meaningful use standards.
Jim has also been appointed as a Director on the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services Board, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing health informatics in Michigan and as a lecturer with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Michigan State University.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Alma College in Michigan and went on to complete a Master of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His public health experience includes twelve years of service at a local public health agency. During that time Jim worked in a variety of capacities as a registered sanitarian and the agency’s epidemiologist.