PCCI introduces its 2024 class of Sachs Summer Scholars Interns

PCCI introduces its 2024 class of Sachs Summer Scholars Interns

STEM focused program sets female students side-by-side with AI experts, data scientists and clinicians

PCCI’s summer intern program, Sachs Summer Scholars, Advancing Women in STEM and Technology Summer Internship, has begun, demonstrating PCCI’s ongoing commitment to improving gender diversity in the data science and technology industry. This program has become the one of the premier internship in North Texas that immerses students in meaningful, real word projects with actual impact. This includes providing each intern direct experience with innovative healthcare, groundbreaking artificial intelligence programs and social determinants of health projects. The aim is to support and promote practical applications of analytics, computing, and data science all while advancing the spirit of mentorship and advancement of female students.

The 2024 class of Sachs Summer Scholars includes seven women from diverse backgrounds, hailing from six different universities. Working side-by-side with PCCI clinical and data science experts to hone their programming and analytics skills while building life-long memories of meaningful accomplishments, the interns will work on core projects at PCCI including: disease surveillance systems, brain care predictive modeling, suicide risk screening, jail health and pediatric asthma risk prediction, to name a few.

This class will present findings based on their work with PCCI at a presentation on August 9th, at Pegasus Park.

The interns are, from left to right: Ozgur Aksoy, University of Texas – Dallas; Serap Ogut, Southern Methodist University; Autumn Carey Noon, Ohio State University; Bengisu Yarimbas, University of North Texas; Emily Thompson, Southern Methodist University; Ferona Bustani, University of Texas – Austin; Saniah Safat, University of Texas – Austin.

HIMSS24: PCCI, Parkland Health To Make Major Presentations at National Conference

HIMSS24: PCCI, Parkland Health To Make Major Presentations at National Conference

Technologies that Enhance Behavioral Health Care Delivery: An Overview

Monday, March 11 • 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Suicide, a lack of psychiatric bed capacity, lack of access to psychiatry services, and other challenges are all too real in today’s healthcare environment.  Using technology, however, to facilitate rapid diagnosis, treatment, and identification of resources is a welcomed relief to patients and clinicians alike.   With a focus on various technologies, attendees will realize the difference that technology makes in the lives of patients and their families. 


Jacqueline Naeem, MD, Senior Medical Director at PCCI

Closing the Loop in Sepsis Prediction With ML and ISLET Visualization

Tuesday, March 12 • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


While 80-85 percent of sepsis cases present within the first 48 hours of admission (ED), they have lower mortality (5-10 percent) as compared to 15-20 percent of cases that present later and have higher mortality (15-30 percent). To better (and earlier) identify sepsis cases not present on admission, at a large safety-net hospital, an end-to-end early sepsis prediction and response workflow was created in the inpatient setting. First, an ML model was built to predict the risk of a patient becoming septic in real-time. Next, the model baked into clinical workflows through FHIR APIs to make the model actionable at point of care. The model accesses EMR every 15 minutes and alerts the care providers when the risk exceeds a certain threshold, which can be tailored to local populations. Finally, an EHR-integrated decision support app (ISLET) was added to enable clinicians to easily view and understand model output to improve actionability. Prediction, alerting, visualizing the root causes and acting on the case completes the workflow. This full workflow has been running for thousands of patients every 15 minutes in the last year. This session will focus on the challenges, achievements and impact of this workflow on healthcare outcomes.


George Oliver, MD, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Informatics at PCCI

Nainesh Shah, Assistant Professor, Health Informatician at Parkland Health

Yusuf Tamer, Principal Data and Applied Scientist at PCCI

Pediatric Asthma Surveillance System: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Language-Driven Chronic Disease Surveillance Blueprint

Thursday, March 14 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


The presenters built an AI- ML-driven pediatric asthma surveillance system (PASS) to monitor the clinical and social risk of pediatric asthma at the census tract level in Dallas County. First, they developed a novel AI/ML pediatric asthma risk index, combining clinical and social risk factors from multiple data sources to accurately predict census-tract risk of asthma-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Subsequent analyses identified actionable risk drivers which, combined with the novel asthma risk index, painted a wholesome, countywide picture of pediatric asthma risk disparities. PASS is an interactive, community-facing dashboard that maps and compares the distribution of the asthma risk index and other risk drivers across Dallas County. PASS is hosted on the Dallas County Health and Human Services website and is readily accessible to community stakeholders. Launched in January 2023, PASS was introduced to the community through training sessions and dissemination events to engage key stakeholders. PASS is being leveraged to advance health equity through diverse use cases ranging from environmental advocacy to city planning, clinical resources deployment, school-based interventions and corporate social responsibility. Lessons learned from PASS provide a blueprint for other scalable AI/ML-driven chronic disease surveillance systems such as diabetes and hypertension.


Teresita Oaks, Director, Community Health Programs at Parkland Health

Yolande Pengetnze, MD, Vice President, Clinical Leadership at PCCI

Yusuf Tamer, PhD, Principal Data and Applied Scientist at PCCI

Workplace Violence: Predicting Potential Violent Patients in Inpatient Healthcare Settings

Thursday, March 14 • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence (WPV) as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior occurring at work. Healthcare and social service workers are five times more likely to be injured than other workers and WPV rates continue to rise. Due in part to poor reporting systems, and the common misperception that violent events should be expected while working in healthcare, prevention measures rarely match the issue’s severity and often go unreported. This session will focus on efforts, in a large safety-net hospital, to address an important gap impacting WPV prevention efforts through the development of a predictive model to more accurately identify―in an inpatient healthcare setting―potentially violent patients, thus enabling healthcare workers to mitigate risks of impending WPV incidents.


Karen Garvey, Vice President, Safety and Clinical Risk Management at Parkland Health

Alex Treacher, PhD, Senior Data and Applied Scientist at PCCI

Reshma Suresh, MS/MA, Data and Applied Scientist at PCCI

Universal Suicide Screening: Improving Detection of Patients Who Die by Suicide

Wednesday, March 13 • 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


U.S. suicide rates increased by 27.6 percent over the past 15 years and suicide remains a leading U.S. cause of death, with 48,183 deaths in 2021, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and the United Health Foundation. Development of evidence-based practices has dramatically increased over the past 20 years; however, suicide rates continue to increase in part due to broad variability in adoption of, and consistent adherence to, suicide prevention practices. As a vital first step in understanding suicide prevention from a population health perspective, and improving risk recognition for treatment application, a large safety-net hospital implemented a universal suicide screening program (SSP) in 2015, in which all patients ages 10 and older are screened for suicide risk during every provider encounter. This session will determine if the SSP reduces the number of patients falsely identified as not at risk of death by suicide in our cohort by linking mortality data to healthcare utilization data from five years pre- and post- SSP implementation. Despite suicide being a relatively low base-rate event (13-14/100,000 in the U.S.), the massive dataset size provides enough power for statistically meaningful changes to be detected.


Jacqueline Naeem, MD, Senior Medical Director at PCCI

Alex Treacher, PhD, Senior Data and Applied Scientist at PCCI

PCCI Releases New Annual Impact Report Covering Highlights from 2023

PCCI Releases New Annual Impact Report Covering Highlights from 2023

Today PCCI has released its 2023 Annual Impact Report, demonstrating its value to the communities and individuals it serves.

To view and download the PCCI 2023 Annual Impact Report, click HERE.

The report offers insights into a few of the most impactful PCCI’s innovative programs, such as the launch of the Community Vulnerability Compass; our efforts to reduce the harm caused by pediatric asthma with the creation of the Pediatric Asthma Surveillance System; our innovative creation of AI/ML models to support trauma patients; and the work around the state to increase equity and access to healthcare through its Connected Communities of Care initiatives.

“Last year we saw PCCI evolve to support programs statewide with impactful innovations and collaborations that benefit residents in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio,” said PCCI CEO, Steve Miff, PhD. “We also joined leading national organizations via the Health AI Partnership to co-create and drive the ethical and meaningful applications of AI in clinical care and continue to be fully committed to helping revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered through the use of advanced data in clinical and community settings. This report gives you a peek into the broad swath of innovative work that PCCI does in support of our mission.”

About PCCI

PCCI started as a department within Parkland Health and was spun out as an independent, not-for-profit organization in 2012 to not only serve the needs of Parkland, but to also pursue additional transformative initiatives that could have a broader impact. PCCI remains tightly connected to Parkland Health, the Parkland Foundation and the Parkland Community Health Plan. Our collaborative work focuses on the needs of vulnerable populations across North Texas and beyond.

PCCI CEO featured at Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s 4th Annual Payer+Provider Virtual Summit

PCCI CEO featured at Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s 4th Annual Payer+Provider Virtual Summit

Watch the recording of PCCI President & CEO Steve Miff, PhD, at Xtelligent Healthcare Media‘s 4th Annual Payer+Provider Virtual Summit where he shared real-world examples and best practices for combining the right people, efficient processes, and advanced technology to address the needs of underserved individuals and populations.

From the program overivew:

Collaboration between providers and payers enables the pooling of resources, expertise, and data, fostering coordinated and efficient care for communities. This unified approach, especially in value-based care models, promotes preventive health measures, streamlines processes, and addresses holistic community health needs.

To watch the full video presentation, go to:


PCCI talks non-medical drivers of health data at Healthier Texas Summit

PCCI talks non-medical drivers of health data at Healthier Texas Summit

At the recent Healthier Texas Summit, Jacqueline Naeem, Senior Medical Director, Olayide Adejumobi, Associate Researcher and Guadalupe Negrete-lira, Manager, Connected Communities of Care, hosted an impactful 90-minute workshop. The session explored the potential for non-medical drivers of health (NMDOH)-related data to facilitate innovation between traditional healthcare settings and public health. During this workshop participants had the opportunity to share ideas on how to better integrate CHWs into healthcare systems, and improve collaboration.

For more information on this event, go to: https://healthiertexassummit.com/agenda/

(L/R) Jacqueline Naeem (Speaker) PCCI, Senior Medical Director, Olayide Adejumobi (Speaker) PCCI, Associate Researcher and Guadalupe Negrete-lira (Speaker) PCCI, Manager, Connected Communities of Care.

Tech Titans Celebrates Dallas’ Vision For The Future, Honor’s PCCI’s Steve Miff

Tech Titans Celebrates Dallas’ Vision For The Future, Honor’s PCCI’s Steve Miff

Tech Titans hosted a celebration of the past coupled with a vision for the future using the theme of “the future is now” which set the tone for the 2023 Annual Tech Titans Awards Gala presented by Dallas College at the Renaissance Dallas Plano Legacy West Hotel.

With an attendance of almost 430 people, the awards gala celebrated the achievements of 14 individuals and/or companies from the past year. This included honoring PCCI‘s CEO, Steve Miff, PhD, with Emerging Company CEO award.

For more details, click here: https://techtitans.org/awards-winners/

AHIMA SDOH Data Break Webcast – How PCCI uses SDOH to support the community

AHIMA SDOH Data Break Webcast – How PCCI uses SDOH to support the community

In July, PCCI’s Chief Operating Officer, Aida Somun. MBA, PMP, joined AHIMA thought leaders and members for a webcast to share information about how AHIMA members are using #sdoh data. Aida shared how PCCI’s modeling using SDOH data helped Dallas County navigate the #covid pandemic, supported the understanding of Parkland Health patients, and built a connected community of care to improve care equity to support those who need help the most.

Listen to the webcast here:

PCCI a finalist for the D Magazine Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2023

PCCI, represented by CEO Steve Miff, was proud to be a finalist in the D Magazine Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2023 – Organization of the Year (Large). We were honored to share the stage with the winner, Make A Wish North Texas, and all the other organizations who are committed to serving the community. Being a finalist is a testament to the outstanding work our organization produces and the impact we have by supporting those who need help the most.

Thank you DCEO and Communities Foundation of Texas for this recognition.

Support PCCI during this year’s North Texas Day of Giving on Sept. 21

North Texas Giving Day: Join us in our journey to improve the health of our community

We are very happy to share that PCCI is participating in this year’s North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 21. The North Texas Giving Day is one of the most significant non-profit fund raising events of the year with early giving is currently underway.

PCCI’s company profile can be found here: 


PCCI is built on its ability to innovate and deliver cutting-edge data analytics and modeling to healthcare providers and public health leaders.

Support from the North Texas Day of Giving will go directly to PCCI’s Innovation Fund which is dedicated to creating new innovating programs directed at helping those in our community who need help the most.

Supporting our Innovation Fund will have a direct and substantial impact on our ability to develop innovations that impact our population’s health and wellbeing. This includes programs like our Community Vulnerability Compass that offers unprecedented insights into the health of our communities, allows us to understand the root causes and delivers a clear picture of health equity issues we must address. https://pccinnovation.org/video-pcci-unveils-community-vulnerability-compass-giving-deep-insights-into-the-health-of-texas-communities/

During the last several years, PCCI has played an import role in supporting the health of Dallas County, with a number of important initiatives, which demonstrate the kind of programs your support can enable in the future:

– COVID-19: Proactive Pandemic Management. PCCI, Parkland, and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) have collaborated from the outset of the pandemic to address the multiple challenges COVID-19 has presented to care providers and the community including public education, testing and vaccinations.

– Pediatric Asthma: Along with COVID, PCCI, in collaboration with Parkland Health, has led a highly effective fight against pediatric asthma.

-Preterm Birth Prevention: To better serve pregnant women in our community, PCCI and PCHP developed and implemented an innovative Preterm Birth (PTB) Prevention program that uses a machine learning algorithm, healthcare data, and SDOH to identify pregnant women who are at a higher risk of preterm birth.

-Building Connected Communities of Care – Dallas AHC Model: In 2022, the Dallas AHC model successfully completed its fifth (and final) AHC model year while continuing to exceed annual navigation requirements (connecting over 3,000 individuals annually with community resources and providing individual follow-ups for up to 12 months in the fourth year of the model), despite the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PCCI’s preliminary analysis of Medicaid claims data has provided promising results in relation to reduced ED utilization and cost for beneficiaries engaged in the Dallas AHC model.

We thank you for your support of PCCI and of all the outstanding non-profits in North Texas. Please visit our profile and join us in our efforts to help those in our community that need help the most.


VIDEO: Sachs Summer Scholars 2023 Intern Experience

VIDEO: Sachs Summer Scholars 2023 Intern Experience

This new VIDEO features interviews with members of the 2023 Sachs Summer Scholars intern class where they share their experiences working with PCCI on important public health projects.

Now in its fifth year, PCCI’s Sachs Summer Scholars program is our women in technology, STEM-focused internship giving unrivaled opportunities for college and graduate school women from diverse backgrounds to receive active, hands-on experience working closely with PCCI data scientists and clinicians to directly contribute to public health projects involving cutting-edge statistical analyses, machine learning, and social determinants of health (SDOH) innovation.

The seven 2023 interns hail from university programs across the country. Their projects all utilize SDOH analytics with a focus on community health based on Dallas County, Parkland Health and PCHP initiatives. Specifically, these initiatives focused on data analysis from PCCI’s Community Vulnerability Compass, examination of asthma text-message data, geospatial and predictive SDOH analysis of maternal outcomes, dashboard impact modeling, and quantifying access to childcare, healthcare, and food in Texas.

To gain the perspective of several of last year’s interns on their experiences as Sachs Summer Scholars, watch this short VIDEO, or to view last year’s end-of-term program, watch this VIDEO.

The Sachs Summer Scholars program has become one of the most meaningful and competitive internship programs in North Texas. We would be honored to have you join us in person for these presentations that give important insights into how to improve our community’s health. To learn more about PCCI’s programs and the impact on the community, take a look at our Annual Impact Report.