Jaimie Shaff served as the Chief Data Scientist for the COVID-19 emergency response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Much of her work has been amplifying and responding to health inequities in the city. She aspires to embrace the city’s diversity as a strength as she develops initiatives that support the ability of diverse communities to recover and grow. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamie has utilized her 14 years of experience in humanitarian emergencies and her training and expertise in applied epidemiology to identify and fill gaps, amplify health inequities, and advocate for communities often overlooked in acute emergencies.
A community advocate at heart, Jaimie was responsible for the development of a unit focused on identifying opportunities to bridge the gaps between communities and decision-makers and leveraging lessons learned from the COVID-19 response to inform the development of non-pharmaceutical interventions.
Jaimie also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for Doctors Without Borders USA.
She received her MPH in epidemiology at Harvard University and her MPA in public and nonprofit management from New York University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
My career has been in service of my community, from participating in the initial cohort of AmeriCorps Jumpstart Corps Members in New York City to responding to global humanitarian crises to serving the City of New York during this pandemic. My public health approach is grounded in the need to recognize the cumulative impact of structural racism and trauma on the health of our communities, and invest in building trauma- and resilience-informed communities and systems.