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Student Epidemic Intelligence Society p g y Rebecca S. Bryson, MPH

The University of Texas School of Public Health

Overview of the SEIS • Modeled after the Epidemic Intelligence Service  (EIS) of the US Centers for Disease Control  response and training program • Founded 2003 by Dr. Kristy Murray, a former EIS  Founded 2003 by Dr Kristy Murray a former EIS Officer • Partnership with UTSPH Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness • Enrich the academic experience for student and  faculty members 

Organization y Student Organization at the UTSPH- over 235

members from UTSPH and the Texas Medical Center y Leadership y Faculty Advisor y 8 annually elected student y President y Vice President of Membership y Vice President of Outbreak Response y Assistant VP of Outbreak Response

officers: y Liaison to City of Houston

Health Department y Liaison to Harris County

Health Department y Secretary y Treasurer

Objectives • Provide immediate assistance to health  departments during infectious disease outbreaks  and other public health emergencies • Offer students training and hands‐on experience  Offer students training and hands on experience in outbreak and disaster preparedness and  response • Develop competency in emergency operations  management & incident command systems

Action Plan • Education: Academic Enrichment through  monthly guest lecture series • Response: Supporting local health  departments & other public health entities • Training:  Classroom & Field‐based training  modules

Education • Dr. Donald Francis: “Confronting Global Epidemics”  • Dr. Robert Emery: “Linking UTSPH and the Public Health  Service”  • Dr. Douglas Hamilton: “Disease Hunters of the CDC”  g • Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, US Public Health Service • Dr. Anthony Fooks, Natl Centre for Zoonoses Research, UK • Dr Mark Kline, Baylor Intl Pediatric AIDS Initiative • Joseph McCormick & Susan Fisher‐Hoch: “A Night with  Special Pathogens” • Local Health Department Representatives

Response • Responses – Outbreak investigation, Syndromic surveillance, Disaster  response, Rapid assessment, Patient flow (prophylaxis, vaccines,  education), Other projects (outreach, community surveys,  telephone hotlines)

• Decision to respond is made by Outbreak Response  officers with guidance from Faculty Advisor • SEIS provides Coordination of volunteers, necessary  supplies, helpful information, ride sharing • Officer onsite  • Follow‐up with Requestor for feedback

Response Hurricane Katrina  Cot Surveys

Outbreaks: • Shigellosis, Oct 2006 • Hepatitis A, Feb 2007 • Meningococcus, Apr  Meningococcus Apr 2007  • Syphilis, Oct 2007 • Salmonellosis, May‐Aug  2008 • Gastroenteritis, Jun 2008

Response Hurricane Ike Rapid Assessment

Outbreak Case  Investigations

H1N1 Investigation in  Veracruz, Mexico

Training Two Problems …. • A deficit in the resources and infrastructure  for epidemiologic surge capacity at the local for epidemiologic surge capacity at the local  and state level • A need to diversify epidemiologic training  programs that provide practical skills and  experience to future public health  professionals

Training Our Solution … A student‐driven response to the identified need  to diversify epidemiologic training programs  di if id i l i i i that provide practical skills and experience to  future public health professionals 

Public Health Preparedness  Training Program (PHPTP) • Curriculum developed by SEIS officers and  volunteer UTSPH faculty • 11 objective‐driven modules • Certificates awarded upon completion of each  module; students pick‐and‐choose according  to interests • PHPTP Completion Certificate awarded upon  completion of all modules

Benefits to Members • • • • • •

Gain experience in their field of interest Practical training under professionals Community service opportunities Supplementation academic education Explore applied public health careers Network with health department staff &  other public health professionals

Benefits to Partners • Trained & educated volunteers • Assistance with outbreak investigations and  other short‐term projects (Low cost  manpower) • Recruitment & organization of volunteers by  SEIS • Ties to academic institutions • Opportunities to recruit future employees

Partners • Houston Department of Health and Human  Services • Harris County Public Health and Environmental  Services • Medical Reserve Corps • Texas Medical Rangers • US PHS Corps of Commissioned Officers • Frontera de Salud

Future Directions for SEIS • Expansion of Response teams to regional  Texas campuses • Web‐based PHPTP ( • Assist with developing GSERPs at other  i i h d l i GS h schools of public health; explore partnerships  for creation of official national organization • Further cultivate relationships with Alumni,  PHS Commissioned Corps , CDC Quarantine

Team Epi‐Aid University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jennifer A. Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH

Program Background • Established at UNC in January 2003 • Modeled CDC’s Epi Aid program to states • Addressed expressed needs: – Student interest in applied public health  Student interest in applied public health experience – Health department need for surge capacity – Institute of Medicine call for service learning  opportunities (2002)

• Funded through Center for Public Health  Preparedness

Goals of Team Epi‐Aid • To provide service learning experiences for current  students in applied public health To provide students with exposure to applied public  provide students with exposure to applied public • To health as a possible career choice • To provide necessary surge capacity to state and  local health departments during outbreaks or other  emergencies

Team Epi‐Aid Profile • 139 students on Team – School of Public Health (123)  • • • • • • • •

Epidemiology (62) Maternal and Child Health (16) Health Behavior and Health Education (12) Health Behavior and Health Education (12) Nutrition (8)  Health Policy and Management (7) Biostatistics (5) Environmental Sciences and Engineering (4)  Other programs (7)

– School of Medicine (13) – Other schools and departments (5)

Volunteer Hours • Since January 2003, students have contributed  over 4,300 volunteer hours to Team Epi‐Aid • Involvement ranges from ½ hour to an in‐ l f ½h i depth summer project of nearly 200 hours

Program Evaluation • Activity specific – Volunteer activity reports – Partner survey

• Annual student satisfaction survey

Past Activities • Community health assessments, surveys, and  studies – Pre‐hurricane assessment – HIV risk behavior surveyy

• Outbreak and disease investigation – Hepatitis C outbreak

• Public health emergencies and exercises – Hurricane response

• Database development and data analysis

H1N1 Response • Staffing Public Health Command Center – Answering questions from local health  departments and clinicians

• Conducting Conducting rapid needs assessment of  rapid needs assessment of intention to receive H1N1 vaccine • Entering statewide data on vaccine  distribution

Relationship with Partners • Partners call to request assistance – Consult with TEA coordinator to determine if appropriate  for student volunteers

• Maintaining relationships depends on: – Success of TEA volunteers meeting partner needs Success of TEA volunteers meeting partner needs – CPHP staff coordinator – Other CPHP programs and staff

• Periodically CPHP promotes TEA to potential partners – Postcards sent to all local health departments

Volunteer Training • Online course in protection of human research  subjects • Online field epidemiology training – Embarking on an outbreak investigation E b ki tb k i ti ti – Anatomy of foodborne outbreaks

• Activity‐specific training

Maintaining Volunteer Interest • Difficult during exams and academic breaks • Addressed by: – Offering incentive for most active volunteer – Offering trainings apart from volunteer activities Off i i i f l i ii – Providing periodic email updates on TEA activities  and related reports or publications

Funding and Sustainability • TEA currently supported exclusively through  NC Center for Public Health Preparedness • Future sustainability may depend on linking  TEA activities to public health competencies TEA activities to public health competencies – We are asking volunteers whether activities  address 4 specific CDC/CSTE competencies

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Student Organization at the UTSPH-over 235 members from UTSPH and the Texas Medical Center Leadership Faculty Advisor 8annuallyelectedst...