Richard Hopkins’s BA degree is from Harvard College (1968), his MD from the University of Pennsylvania (1974), and his MSPH from the University of Colorado (1987). Dr. Hopkins has worked as a public health epidemiologist since 1977. He worked longest in Florida (19 years), and also in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, and Ohio. Dr. Hopkins was on the preventive medicine faculty of Ohio State University 1987-1990. In the early 2000s he spent 1.5 years working for a large IT company, and 1.5 years in Public Health Surveillance and Informatics at CDC. He has worked on infectious diseases, injuries, maternal and child health outcomes, chronic diseases, and birth defects — always with a focus on surveillance. He helped lead CSTE’s efforts in the late 1990s to develop a set of 80-some chronic disease items to be put under surveillance nationwide. He also oversaw the 2001 design and development of Merlin, Florida’s web-based reportable disease information system, and the 2007 adoption of ESSENCE as Florida’s standard system for syndromic surveillance, and helped assure the incorporation of 3 other streams of surveillance data into the ESSENCE analytic environment. The latter effort won a HIMSS Davies Award. Currently Dr. Hopkins is doing consulting work for CSTE and Florida DOH, and he is a Courtesy Associate Professor at the University of Florida.