Dr. Gary Harmon has over 15 years of experience evaluating public health and education programs. He served as the Part C Data Manager for the Early Intervention Branch in the North Carolina Division of Public Health from 2014-2016 where he was responsible for oversight of all data reporting for federal and state grants for children with disabilities. He served as the team leader for the State Systemic Improvement Plan, as well as overseeing evaluation activities to ensure compliance with federal regulations related to data collection. Dr. Harmon organized, planned, and facilitated stakeholder meetings with cross-disciplinary teams, leading activities to engage both families and providers in program improvement discussion. He acted as technical lead for Electronic Health Record implementation and management in the Branch as well as serving as the Branch liaison for the North Carolina Early Childhood Integrated Data System (NC ECIDS).
Dr. Harmon served most recently as Educational Consultant/Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center for IDEA Data Systems (DaSy) located at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role he facilitated large committees, workgroups, and stakeholder meetings in a variety of early childhood settings. With a focus on Part C and Part B 619 program improvement, Dr. Harmon has worked with state teams and local programs to engage families and ensure that data are being shared both within and across programs. He also has worked with states to develop and improve data systems for Part C and Part B 619 state programs, including assisting with data governance needs of states.
As an Epidemiologist, Dr. Harmon has a special interest in data and how it can be used to improve education and public health. He is excited to bring his background in health research and outcomes to Anlar, where he continues to support both state and local early childhood program improvement efforts in his role as Senior Technical Assistance Specialist. He currently lives with his family in Wake Forest, NC after originally growing up in Tarrytown, NY.