Did you know that Esri has a Chief Medical Officer? Until the COVID-19 Pandemic started, I know I didn’t. Her name is Dr. Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, GISP. Over the past year, she has been busy helping Esri with the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Who is Dr. Geraghty? She heads Esri’s worldwide health and human services practice and is passionate about transforming health organizations through a geographic approach. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability. While serving as an associate professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of California (UC) Davis she conducted research on geographic approaches to influencing health policy and advancing community development programs. Geraghty is the author of numerous health and GIS peer reviewed papers and book chapters. She has lectured extensively around the world on a broad range of topics that include social determinants of health, open data, climate change, homelessness, access to care, opioid addiction, privacy issues and public health preparedness. She received her medical degree, master’s degree in health informatics, and master’s degree in public health from UC Davis. She is board certified in public health (CPH) and is also a geographic information system professional (GISP).
How does a doctor end up in GIS? What value does GIS bring to the Health and Human Services sector? These questions and more will be answered as Dr. Geraghty shares her personal journey to becoming the ‘top doc’ at Esri. Her observations and insights on health GIS will focus on common patterns of use which have never been more relevant than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maps, dashboards, information hubs and spatial analysis are delivering greater understanding across geographies and increasing awareness of impacted populations, where resources are needed most, and improved communication to community stakeholders and the public.