Providing surge capacity and expert assistance to health departments
EpiAssist 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 Angela Clendenin, PhD, MA, Instructional Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Clendenin's past experience includes responding to public health disasters, including Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey; the West Fertilizer Plant explosion, the Bastrop Complex Wildfires, and the Blanco and Brazos River floods.
Selected EpiAssist Activities:
- Conduct interviews as part of Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in Harris County, Travis County, and Galveston County (the latter two were the first to measure Zika knowledge)
- Conduct vector surveillance in Brazos County
- Conduct interviews as part of separate outbreak investigations of Salmonellosis and influenza
- Analyze state- and county-level injury surveillance data
- Evaluate the effectiveness of life jacket loaner programs in preventing accidental drownings
- CASPER participation in Harris County; Austin, TX; Waco and McLennan County
- Developed mosquito bite prevention kits for Harris county
- Assisted in investigation of a statewide Cyclospora outbreak
- Served a support role in the HSR 7 Hurricane Harvey Emergency Operations Center
- Supported the Port Aransas pharmacy and civic center clinics
- Assisted in the Harris County Public Health Harvey Clean-up
- Aided in mapping of soil metals
- CASPER participation in Williamson County and Bryan/College Station, TX
To volunteer, please complete this form.
To learn more about EpiAssist or to request assistance, email us.