The ASU AZ Infectious Disease Epi (AIDE) Lab & Public Health Training Program is led by ASU epidemiologist Megan Jehn. ASU AIDE contains a public health training and a research lab unit. The public health training program encompasses the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) and the COVID-19 Case Investigation and Community Response Team. In partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, their work focuses on multiple efforts to investigate and respond to the spread of infectious diseases in Arizona. Today, the team consists of trained students, volunteers, and staff tracking the novel coronavirus by investigating individual cases, assessing the spread of COVID-19 in the Maricopa County community, and assisting communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Since July 2020, the ASU COVID-19 Case Investigation Team has trained over 450 case investigators and has completed over 80,000 COVID-19 case investigations. Alongside this on-the-ground work, the AIDE Lab models COVID-19 trends and mitigation measures, researches best practices in public health workforce development, and disseminates findings to support the wider development of public health research.
This collection includes training videos, presentation slide decks, staff handbooks, policy and procedure manuals, research projects, and reports related to the investigation and response to COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks in Arizona. These materials may be informative for local and regional efforts to mitigate infectious disease outbreaks in the modern era.