Providing surge capacity and expert assistance to health departments

Epi-Assist.jpgEpiAssist 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 School of Public Health. 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, 2016

  • Conduct interviews as part of Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in Harris County
  • Participate in the first two CASPERs to measure knowledge of Zika Virus, in Travis and Galveston Counties
  • Conduct vector surveillance in Brazos County
  • Conduct interviews as part of a Salmonellosis outbreak
  • Analyze state- and county-level injury surveillance data
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of life jacket loaner programs in preventing accidental drownings
  • Participate in the investigation of a large outbreak of influenza

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