Dr. Claire Jarashow ’96

Dr. Claire Jarashow ’96

Claire Jarashow, PhD, MPH is an infectious disease epidemiologist and is currently the director of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
In January 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, she was chief of the Epidemiology and Data Unit leading the outbreak investigation. In September 2020, she moved over to lead the planning and roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the 10 million L.A. County residents. Prior to these roles, she was an epidemic intelligence service officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); consulted for the World Health Organization; received a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Exploration Award; worked for CDC and other non-governmental organizations in various countries in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean building public health surveillance systems; and works on communicable disease detection and prevention programs. Dr. Jarashow holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. 
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