The Perihelion Group was formed by a group of former students from the Harvard School of Public Health. We are a diverse group of professionals who share a passion for the improvement of the human condition through applied public health strategy. Our skills and experience bridge multiple domains that allow us to integrate the strengths of human and technical problem-solving, and to apply them confidently in the field.
Clay Heaton is a co-founder and managing partner of The Perihelion Group. He hails from North Carolina, where he earned a BA in International Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. He later earned an MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in humanitarian crises and complex emergency response.
He was a fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and continues to work with them as an associate, providing data management services and assisting with their annual emergency simulation.
His work experience includes several years in computer strategy game development, a stint as a surgical technician, and over five years of working directly and indirectly in public health. He specializes in data management, analysis, visualization and software design. Clay leads Perihelion’s emergency response team and worked on the ground after the 2004 tsunami, Katrina and the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
His interests include the development of information systems that improve public health programs and the use of computer and video game technology to create rich visual models that support health research. Clay is based in Washington, DC.
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