Team Member Spotlight: Lee Ann Prebil
Luminare Group is all about inspiring connections. How did you get connected with the team?
I had been a participant in a group Jara was facilitating and was inspired by her ability to help a group move their thinking forward and unify around common goals. When an opportunity arose to work with Jara and her team helping clients with their data needs, I jumped at the chance!
As an epidemiologist/data analyst, what “ah-ha” moments do you help people have?
My hope is to make data feel useful to people, and that means that I hope to make sure people aren’t intimidated by the process of collecting and interpreting data. When clients feel empowered to collect data that address their burning questions and that help ensure that their programs achieve their goals, they feel good about the efforts that they’ve put into collecting the data and want to do it again in the future; that’s the “ah-ha” moment I’m hoping to help people have.
Luminare Group is unrelenting in its pursuit of an equitable and just world. What drives you to do this work? What is the special something you bring to Luminare Group?
I’ve worked in public health for many years, and I entered the field because I believe in fighting for everyone’s health and well being. There are always obstacles to making this achievable for everyone, but I believe it’s our collective responsibility to try. I have a lot of experience and training in working with data, and I bring that experience with my passion to achieve health and well being for all to my work with Luminare Group.
Bright Ideas: What tip would you give to someone who is interested in learning more about your work?
There is a lot of easily accessible information on the internet about data for most health conditions. In many ways, data has been “democratized,” whereas in the past, data was really kept in the hands of researchers. Today, there are many resources out there for people to collect their own data and to find and use others’ data. Finding out about opportunities to use existing data sources or to learn about the results of past studies can help someone understand the state of the science and to think through their own data needs.
Get Lit: What are you reading right now?
I tend to use my (somewhat limited) reading time to read newly-published articles in journals pertaining broadly to health. Some peer-review journals allow open access to articles when they are first published, and many others are open access all of the time, so it’s free and I get to learn about new methods in data collection and analysis and also a wide variety of health and social conditions and relevant programs, prevention measures and interventions. For example, an article I recently read detailed some of the promises of big data for the study of population health, as well as some of the challenges given currently available data.
Lighten Up: What’s been the funniest moment you’ve experienced as part of Luminare Group?
Working with data, funny moments are far between (not to say there aren’t fun moments, just not many funny moments!). That’s where the Luminare Group team web meetings come in! These women are so smart and funny so there are always a lot of laughs along with updates about work!
When you are not working, what can people most likely find you doing?
I have a big family, including two sons. When I’m not working, I’m watching my kids play soccer or lacrosse, helping with homework, hanging out with family and friends and recently I’ve started learning to kayak, a venture that brought me into close proximity of jellyfish and humpback whales!
How can people get in touch with you?
People can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.