Health Scientist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Heroin Track: From Rx Opioids to Heroin
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Dr. Kun Zhang, PhD, is a Health Scientist and Senior Service Fellow at Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO)-Health Systems and State Support (HSSS) Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He first joined PDO at CDC in 2011 as a guest researcher working on multiple projects utilizing third-party payer claims data to study patterns of inappropriate prescribing and use of opioids. As a Health Scientist on the PDO-HSSS Team, Dr. Zhang’s responsibilities include to identify and evaluate public health strategies and interventions that target at PDO epidemic at health systems- or state-level, such as enhanced PDMPs, third-party payer strategies, and policy/legislative initiatives. He also provides scientific and technical assistance to CDC-funded states for PDO prevention and oversees multiple PDO-related extramural research projects funded by or through CDC. Dr. Zhang obtained his PhD in health services research and health policy from Emory University in 2013.