Kathryn LaFond - Epidemiologist – CDC Influenza Division, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. Kathryn (Katie) is Technical Lead for the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI). She is an epidemiologist within the CDC’s Influenza Division, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. Katie is involved in CDC’s international influenza activities, including influenza disease burden and vaccine effectiveness projects, as well as initiatives to introduce and expand national influenza vaccination programs. She ensures epidemiological support for PIVI activities via CDC’s network of influenza experts in Atlanta and across the globe.