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Davis Letitia K.

E-mail: Lkdavis49@gmail.com

Letitia K. Davis is Director of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she has worked for over 30 years to develop and implement state based surveillance systems for work-related illnesses and injuries. She has overseen the formation of a healthcare provider reporting system for occupational disease, the Massachusetts Occupational Lead Registry, a comprehensive surveillance system for fatal occupational injuries, the Massachusetts Sharps Injury Surveillance System, a surveillance system for work-related asthma, and a model surveillance system for work-related injuries to young workers. Additionally, she has overseen implementation of case based surveillance and follow-up of work-related amputations, burns and acute chemical poisonings. She has conducted numerous surveillance research studies exploring use of a wide range of public health data sources including electronic health records, workers? compensation data, poison control records, emergency department data, and health surveys for occupational health surveillance. She has a particular interest in addressing the occupational health and safety concerns of vulnerable workers and has completed a project incorporating occupational information in the electronic record systems of community health centers to improve documentation of occupational health needs of underserved worker populations. Dr. Davis is also responsible for the development of prevention programs to address identified occupational health problems and advises the Department leadership on matters of occupational health policy. From 1998-1915, Dr. Davis was a lead consultant in occupational health to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and has played a leadership role nationally in the effort to integrate occupational health into public health practice at the state level. She is a past member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and is a current member of Member, National Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. Dr. Davis serves as adjunct faculty of the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her doctorate in Occupational Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1983.

Dr. Davis is also responsible for the development of prevention programs to address identified occupational health problems and advises the Department leadership on matters of occupational health policy. Under her leadership, occupational health surveillance findings have been used to promote regulatory action, legislative changes, state-wide educational initiatives and technological solutions to reduce workplace risks.

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