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East Tennessee Alumna Authors Post on State Response to Infectious Disease

Ms. Alyssa Farmer, a 2015 alumna of the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology program, has authored a blog post for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  The post, “Increasing State Capacity to Respond to Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Threats,” details the evolving role of state and local health in infection control and outbreak response.  It is included in the Infectious Disease blog on the ASTHO website.

Since the recent Ebola outbreak, national, federal, and state health agencies have worked tirelessly to respond to, prepare for, and prevent infectious disease outbreaks and emerging threats.  Since ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, one of its functions is to help states improve their readiness and capacity to respond to public health threats, share lessons learned and promising practices, and ultimately enhance health agencies’ coordination plans and procedures.

The post outlines the strategies ASTHO has deployed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of County & City Health Officials, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to further enhance the ability of states to respond to an infectious disease outbreak or emerging threat.

Ms. Farmer is currently an analyst for immunization and infectious disease at ASTHO.  In this position, she supports ASTHO projects related to pandemic influenza, Ebola, healthcare-associated infections, and immunizations.