Data and the Pandemic Response: How the County Utilized Data to Save Lives
When: June 17, 2021
Time: 09:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Online via Webex

Recording of the webinar can be found here.

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Los Angeles County Management Council 


Data and the Pandemic Response: How the County Utilized Data to Save Lives


The scale and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented! It has been an extraordinary year that we will never forget and undoubtedly will bring economic, civil, and medical changes to our society and government with long-lasting effects for years to come.

Like many national, state, and local governments, County harnessed its available resources to address and mitigate the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the pandemic unfolded. As the virus ravaged communities across the County, there was one tool that was utilized more in 2020 than in any previous public health crisis before it: data.

This seminar will explore the County’s pandemic response and how data was employed to make urgent, life-saving and fiscal decisions during the coronavirus pandemic. We will also explore the lessons learned and how they can help us prepare our response when faced with the next public health crisis.


Public Health Response

Rebecca Fisher, MPH MA, Chief Epidemiologist

Epidemiology and Data Unit

Acute Communicable Disease Control

Department of Public Health


Emergency Operations Center

Rob Barreras, Operations

CEO - Office of Emergency Management 

Bennett Cummings, Operations

CEO - Office of Emergency Management

 Onnie Williams III, Recovery

Department of Children and Family Services

 Kehinde Walker, Recovery

Department of Children and Family Services

Daniel Yen, Recovery



The Emergency Response Tracking Program

Frances Crutchley, Senior Accounting Systems Analyst

Emergent Technology Group, Auditor-Controller

James Fortson, Principal Accounting Systems Analyst

Emergent Technology Group, Auditor-Controller

Ivan Masayon, Associate Director, Finance and Administration

CEO - Office of Emergency Management


Speakers will discuss:

  • A summary of the existing COVID-19 surveillance system, describing data sources, systems, management, cleaning, processing, analysis and reporting. 
  • Specific challenges that emerged with COVID-19, and the innovative approaches and new technologies that were leveraged to respond to those challenges.
  • Approaches employed for reporting and making viable data available to agency and county leadership and the public in as close to real-time as possible.
  • The extensive use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to share critical information with the public and other County departments 
  • The Covid-19 Emergency Response Tracking (ERT) Program and the importance of an enterprise coding standard for capturing and reporting of the data 
  • How the tracking of Covid-19 costs can be replicated for the upcoming American Rescue Plan Act 
  • The pivotal role of partnerships between various County departments to gather and share relevant data for County leadership, the public and frontline responders 
  • Challenges and lessons learned a year into the pandemic and how best to prepare for the next public health crisis



Seminar Information

Date: June 17, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online via WebEx

Cost: No Cost

Registration is required (Open to LACMC Members Only). Click here to register!

Seminar Questions: Alexis Camins (, Jackie Guevarra (, or Stanley Yen (



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