Allyship in Racial and Health Disparities – Racism’s Wear and Tear on African American

Priyanka Surio, MPH, PMP, CHES, serves as the Director of Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics within the Association of State and Territorial Health Official’s (ASTHO) Health Security Team, where she manages the data and informatics project portfolio across ASTHO. Ms. Surio co-lead the Data Management and Surveillance Taskforce as part of ASTHO’s COVID-19 response to assist state and territorial health agencies. Within the Informatics project portfolio, ASTHO works with state and territorial health agencies on improving data sharing and governance, interoperability, electronic disease reporting, data and informatics capacity, data needs assessments, health IT infrastructure, informatics strategic planning and workforce development. Ms. Surio is an accomplished leader with over 8 years of experience in healthcare systems process improvement and expertise in project management, research methods, data analytics and informatics, and health policy. Prior to ASTHO, she consulted for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) on the Diffusion of Excellence Initiative, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a STEM diversity and inclusion strategy. She completed fellowships with the American Medical Group Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ms. Surio is also an author on smarter travel experiences and establishing more authentic human connections.