Joe Gibson

Informatics Advisor, Senior Project Director for the MADE for Health Justice project

Joe is the Informatics Advisor and Senior Project Director at the de Beaumont Foundation. He directs the MADE for Health Justice project, and as Informatics Advisor, Joe works to assure that the Foundation is well-integrated into national public health informatics development.

Prior to working at the de Beaumont Foundation, Joe was Director of Epidemiology at the Marion County Public Health Department, serving Indianapolis, Indiana (population ~975,000). He has been active in several national public health associations and has been recognized as a national leader in public health informatics. He has worked in many national public health informatics efforts, was the original chair of the CDC’s BioSense Governance Group (BioSense is a national syndromic surveillance system), and for many years chaired the informatics workgroup for the National Association of City and County Health Officials. He has often collaborated with the Regenstrief Institute to create public health informatics tools that leverage the clinical health information exchange.

He has over 20 years of private and public sector experience, managing and analyzing clinical data, claims data, other administrative and operational data, surveys, and demographics. His publications address topics such as business process analysis, workforce needs assessment, cost effectiveness, methodologies for privacy protection, severe mental illness, and assessments of community health needs and disparities. Before starting work at the Marion County Public Health Department in 2003, he spent eight years at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, doing quality of life and cost research related to medications for schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses.

Joe earned his Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, and a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Washington with a focus on access and use of health services. He is an affiliate faculty member at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health.