Biography of Dr. Irma Arispe
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Dr. Irma Arispe is Assistant Director for Life Sciences and Acting Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP advises the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on issues related to science and technology; promotes Federal coordination by leading the National Science and Technology Council, an interagency effort to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets; and works with the private sector through the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to ensure Federal investments in science and technology contribute to economic prosperity, environmental quality and national security. In her capacity as Assistant Director, she represents OSTP on National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency working groups in the areas of biotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, scientific collections, and education. In addition, Dr. Arispe currently represents OSTP as ex-officio member of the National Math Panel, the National Cancer Advisory Board, and the U.S.-E.C.Task Force on Biotechnology Research.

Before joining OSTP, Dr. Arispe was the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Health Care Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). While there, she was responsible for oversight of scientific issues for the National Health Care Survey, a family of provider and establishment-based surveys that collect information about the characteristics of the health care system and utilization of ambulatory, inpatient and long term care services. She also led the development of performance indicators and data development from CDC data systems for two congressionally-mandated reports on the performance of the nation's health care system, the National Health Care Quality Report and the National Health Care Disparities Report and served as U.S. Representative to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development's Health Care Quality Indicators Project. Dr. Arispe also worked to establish the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship, a program to foster collaboration between NCHS staff and visiting scholars. The fellowship allows visiting scholars to conduct new and innovative analyses and participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys.

Dr. Arispe has more than 20 years of experience in the use of data for policy purposes including congressional staff experience; work on 10 Reports to Congress; and participation on numerous interagency task forces, federal workgroups, and international collaborations. Her background and training in research methodology and public health have helped her provide technical and substantive assistance to researchers and policymakers with the aim of translating research into information.

Dr. Arispe received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to NCHS, Dr. Arispe worked as Director of Evaluation Research at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Before that, she worked at the Agency Health Research and Quality's predecessor, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, on the development of evidence-based clinical performance measures.

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