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Jessica Tomlinson, JD

Deputy General Counsel

Jessica Tomlinson, JD, is the PHI project director for the award-winning Healthdata+ initiative that helps organizations combine data, strategy and stories to improve public health.

She also serves as Deputy General Counsel for PHI with a focus on business strategy. Her focus includes advancing PHI’s work with public health departments and other health agencies to adopt cutting-edge data tools and technologies to advance population health.  

Previously, Tomlinson represented nonprofit and for-profit clients in both transactional and litigation matters. She also worked for several nonprofits conducting community needs assessments, fundraising and project management.

Tomlinson received her bachelor's degree from Trinity College and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

California HealthCare Foundation Pilot County Data Storytelling Tool

HealthData+ is a dynamic partnership between PHI and LiveStories, a data platform that makes it easy to visualize, discuss, and present data. HealthData+ provides consultation and support to help stakeholders use data more effectively, tell their stories, shape local policy, and strengthen the public’s health. The HealthData+ team are winners of the 2015 Obesity Data Challenge sponsored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Data Consortium, and the de Beaumont Foundation.


The idea for focusing on data communication through HealthData+ was conceptualized by and initiated through the California HealthCare Foundation, with funding to PHI and partners to develop the California pilot. HealthData+ is designed to help  health departments and other local health policymakers combine data and stories in ways that engage audiences to drive decision making, strengthen policy and improve health.

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