Providing surge capacity and expert assistance to health departments

Epi-AssistEpiAssist is a student volunteer group at Texas A&M University that provides students with the opportunity to gain applied public health experience by assisting in Texas with outbreak investigations, disasters and emergencies, community health assessments, and other projects. 

EpiAssist activities are coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Dr. Horney's past experience includes working on dozens of outbreaks, such as Influenza A, Salmonella, Shigella, and Norovirus, and responding to public health disasters, including Hurricanes Charley, Isabel, Katrina, Wilma, and Irene.

Selected EpiAssist Activities, 2015

  • Develop questionnaires and databases in EpiInfo 7
  • Analyze data on the public health and mental health impacts of disasters
  • Analyze data on swift water rescues in Texas, 2005-2014
  • Conduct interviews as part of Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER)
  • Develop abstracts and presentations for scientific conferences
  • Conduct interviews as part of the public health response to flooding in Hays County, TX
  • Conduct interviews as part of a Shigellosis outbreak

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