A closer look at the State Privacy Officer Peer Group
Formed in 2011, the Peer Group includes over 70 privacy officers from state health departments across the country. The current Peer Group co-chairs are Heidi Graham, Privacy Officer at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Alexis Trout, Compliance, Ethics and Privacy Officer at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The Peer Group provides support, resources, and learning opportunities related to current and emerging data privacy and sharing issues faced by state public health agencies. Members participate in quarterly trainings, which generally include opportunities for peer sharing. Members also participate in the State Privacy Officer listserv where they can share wisdom and resources with one another anytime. The Network supports the group by providing technical assistance, facilitating the listserv, and hosting quarterly trainings. This initiative seeks to establish a collaborative network of state privacy officers to advance best practices in public health data privacy through shared learning and peer support.