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Advisory Council

The Mike Denton Infection Reporting Act provided for the creation of an 18 member Healthcare Data Advisory Council.

The Healthcare Data Advisory Council:

  • assists the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program in developing regulations and standards necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
  • reviews and serves as consultants on matters related to any reports or publications made by the ADPH HAI Program prior to release.
  • serves as consultants to the ADPH HAI Program on matters relating to the protection, collection, and dissemination of healthcare-associated infection data.


  • Scott Harris, M.D., State Health Officer – Chair

Six appointees by the Alabama Hospital Association, and two are required to be infection control professionals:

  • Rachael Lee, M.D., Healthcare Epidemiologist, UAB Hospital
  • Sam Dean, Administrator, USA Medical Hospital
  • Beth Goodall, BSN, RN, CIC, Epidemiology Director, DCH Health System
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Three appointees by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama:

  • Julia Boothe, M.D.
  • Patrick O'Neill, M.D.
  • Randall Weaver, M.D.

Two appointees by the Business Council of Alabama:

  • Paul Graham, CPA, Chief Administrative Officer for Grandview Medical Center
  • TBD

One appointee by the Mineral District Medical Society:

  • Serita Newton, M.D., Owner/Physician, 1981MD, LLC

One consumer member appointee by the Governor:

  • TBD

One appointee by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama:

  • TBD

One appointee by the Alabama Association of Health Plans:

  • Jeannie O'Malley, Vice President

One appointee by the State Health Officer from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology:

  • Teresa Fox, BSMT (ASCP), CIC, M.Ed., Performance Improvement Advisor, Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation

One appointee by the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan:

  • Diane Scott, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

One appointee by the State Employees Insurance Board:

  • Keith Cox, CPA

Advisory Council Meetings

The council meetings are subject to the Open Meeting Act and are posted on the Secretary of State Calendar at least one week prior to the meeting.

Advisory Council Minutes

Page last updated: May 13, 2021