Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance Founded at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease have both designated researchers and scientists as members of collaborating teams monitoring and researching influenza prevention and outbreaks.
Center for Health Security Located at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, experts and researchers work on policies to protect the U.S. from bioterrorism and infectious disease epidemics.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Founded in 2001, this center is a part of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center. The center aims to provide global public health preparedness, research and news on infectious-disease outbreaks and policy response.
Center for Innovation in Global Health Located at Stanford University School of Medicine, this program enables collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic, and gender boundaries to inspire global health leaders.
National Center for Disaster Preparedness Based at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, this group of experts seeks to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for and recover from disasters, including a pandemic outbreak or bioterrorist attack.
Viral Diagnostics & Discovery Center This lab at the University of California at San Francisco is using genomic mapping technology to help researchers track emerging infections and doctors to quickly diagnose and treat life-threatening infections.
American Public Health Association This 145-year old organization’s goal is to advance the health of all people and communities and eliminate inequities in access to health services. Among its priorities are encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation One of the U.S.’s largest private funders of global health initiatives, especially those aimed at saving lives in developing countries.
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense A bipartisan nonprofit created by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and former Senator Joe Lieberman in 2014. The organization promotes policies for strengthening U.S. biodefense readiness.
EcoHealth Alliance Nonprofit scientific organization that conducts research and sponsors international projects related to the prevention of emerging disease outbreaks and the conservation of biodiversity.
Guides to Reporting AHCJ Medical Studies Core Topic Leader Tara Halle provides a comprehensive guide for how to report on medical controversies including the issue of false balance involving vaccine controversies.
Outbreak Information Resources This handout was compiled for a panel on pandemic preparedness at Health Journalism 2018 and includes online sources to monitor outbreaks as well as assessments of preparedness and more.
The Poynter Institute’s Covering Infectious Disease The journalism organization compiled suggestions several years ago about how to cover the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa but it is a useful way to think about an approach to covering infectious diseases.
John Aitchison, Ph.D. President, Center for Infectious Disease Research He can be reached through his media contact: May Wildman at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 206-343-1543 Expertise: Global health issues impacting children in poverty, especially vector-born diseases like malaria. He specializes in systems biology approaches for developing infectious disease vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.
Richard Webby, Ph.D. Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds and member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital faculty Email: email@example.com and through his media contact, Marvin Stockwell: firstname.lastname@example.org, 901-595-6384 Expertise: Long-time expert on influenza activity and the human-animal interface. His work involves virologic and serologic surveillance activities in animal and human populations to determine the prevalence of influenza viruses circulating.
Amesh Adalja, M.D., FIDSA Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security and a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission. Email: email@example.com Expertise: AIDS/HIV and infectious diseases. Adalja is a well-known national infectious disease expert from serving on numerous government panels to develop guidelines for treating infectious diseases and public emergencies. He is currently a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee.
James Blumenstock Chief Program Officer, Health Security at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Expertise: Local and state public health preparedness efforts for everything from seasonal flu immunization efforts, to readiness for epidemics and other public health emergencies. (Can find bio here, not on ASTHO website, scroll down)
Peter Daszak, Ph.D President, EcoHealth Alliance Email: email@example.com Expertise: Global health and zoonotic diseases. Through running his organization and research, Daszak is one of the leading voices on the link between global trade and disease emergence.
Asha George, Dr.P.H. Co-director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Expertise: Federal budget and biosecurity. A researcher and former staff member of a House of Representatives subcommittee on Homeland Security, who understands how Congress works and how to advocate for biosecurity policies in Washington. She has also served as a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army.
Lawrence Gostin, J.D., L.L.D. Professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University School of Law and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights Email: email@example.com Expertise: Recognized specialist on public health laws such as quarantine regulations. He was the author of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, which aimed to help state legislatures to revise public health laws to control epidemics.
Rebecca Katz, Ph.D, M.P.H. Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University and associate professor of international health Email: Rebecca.Katz@georgetown.edu Expertise: Global health security. Researcher on biosecurity issues and consultant to the U.S. Department on State on implementing global health security initiatives preparing nations to respond to a potential pandemic
Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H. Dean of the Department of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Pubic Health and former director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Infection Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Expertise: Emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and global health terrorism. Khan has decades of on-the-ground experience tracking deadly disease outbreaks around the planet. He was also part of the team that investigated the U.S. mail anthrax attacks following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He is author of “The Next Pandemic: On the Frontlines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers” published in 2016.
Tom Ingelsby, M.D. Chief Executive Officer and director of the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security Email: email@example.com Expertise: Federal budget and the U.S.’s pandemic preparedness readiness. In addition to running the center, Ingelsby serves as chair of the board of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) Senior fellow, Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Expertise: Pandemic influenza and health as a global diplomatic issue. Lange was President George W. Bush’s Special representative on Avian Influenza and Pandemic flu at the U.S. Department of State. He also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as its Africa specialist and served as U.S. ambassador to Botswana. (1999-2002)
Marc Lipsitch, Ph.D Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics Email: email@example.com Expertise: Modeling emerging infectious disease outbreaks. He works with local, state, federal and international public health agencies on antibiotic resistance, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), pandemic and seasonal flu.
Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H. Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and a member of the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Expertise: A prolific researcher and recognized leader on national and global biosecurity and public health issues, particularly in pandemic preparedness. He previously served in many roles at the Minnesota Department of Public Health and was director of the National Institutes of Health supported Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. He co-authored “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs,” a book about the many potential ways the U.S. could face a pandemic and published in early 2017.
Tara O’Toole, M.D., M.P.H. Executive vice president of In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture capital firm that invests in security companies, senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security and former Under Secretary of Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (2009-2013) Email: email@example.com Expertise: Research and technology in bioterrorism defense. She has also played a role in shaping public policy leaders’ understanding of the nature and consequences of major biological threats, both natural and man-made to the U.S.
"What is Epidemiology?" - A helpful explanation from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public Health.
“Lessons from the History of Quarantine, from Plague to Influenza A,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 2013 The federal agency in charge of preventing the spread of infectious diseases reflects on lessons learned from quarantines imposed during pandemics and how quarantines can be used to safeguard public health without violating civil rights.
Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs The founder of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Michael Osterholm, recounts the history of pandemics and explains how political leaders can implement policy initiatives to prevent them.
"Pandemic threat: Is the world ready for another outbreak?," June 2017 In a 24-page report for CQ Researcher, Bara Vaida examines how the Ebola and Zika outbreaks illustrated clear gaps in preparedness and what the globe has been doing to respond. She also addresses the issue of bioterrorism and whether the U.S. is prepared for a biological attack.
"Why you need the flu shot every year," The New York Times, December 2017 Tara Haelle explains why does the influenze virus changes so much every year and why the vaccine’s effectiveness varies so much.
“The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic,” Time, May 4, 2017 A new bird flu called H7N9 circulating across China is mostly infecting poultry, but humans who have contracted the disease during a recent spike have a 41 percent mortality rate.
The National Institutes of Health launched the Science, Health, and Public Trust initiative to share strategies and best practices to help convey complex research results to the public in ways that are clear, credible, and accurate. The Perspectives section offers insights on biomedical communication from NIH experts. The Tools section provides useful aids including:
Within the CDC are offices that handle different issues. Here’s an organization chart of the agency.
Under the Center for Global Health is the Global Health Protection and Security Office, which is working with global health care leaders through ten Global Disease Detection Centers in different regions of the world to help countries detect, identify and contain emerging infectious diseases. This office has been the chief responder to high-profile public health events such as Ebola, polio eradication, MERS-CoV, cholera, and Nipah virus.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The chief federal agency charged with protecting the health of Americans and with providing essential health services. The CDC and NIH both operate under the umbrella of HHS. Within the agency is the National Vaccine Program Office, a program aimed preventing infectious diseases by encouraging the use of vaccines. The office also focuses on making vaccines safe for all Americans.
AIDSInfo HHS program offering information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and research.
National Preparedness and Response Board It provides expert advice and guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response on scientific, technical, and other matters related to public health emergency preparedness and response.
U.S. Census Bureau’s HIV/AIDS Surveillance Database A compilation of information from widely scattered small-scale surveys on HIV infection and the AIDS pandemic in population groups in developing countries. The database brings together information from medical and scientific literature, presentations at international conferences, and the press. Users can retrieve information for groups in a selected country, and print or save it to a .pdf or .csv file. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base includes all countries and areas of the world with at least 5,000 in population, except Canada, the United States and U.S. territories.
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention The country’s leading public health agency providing advice and guidance to the country’s medical practitioners. China CDC focuses on infectious diseases, particularly emerging and reemerging diseases like flu, and hand foot and mouth diseases.
International Council of Nurses ICN works to ensure quality nursing care, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
PATH A Seattle-based global health nonprofit which partners with health care providers primarily in Asia and Africa to help women and children access vaccines, drugs, medical devices and diagnostic tools to reduce health inequities and prevent infectious disease outbreaks.
World Health Organization The global health arm of the United Nations. Founded in 1949, the organization is the most prominent institutional organization tasked with improving the world’s health. Within the WHO is the:
Global Influenza Program - Provides the WHO’s 193 member states with strategic guidance, technical support and coordination of activities essential to make their health systems better prepared against seasonal, zoonotic and pandemic influenza threats to populations and individuals.
Eurosurveillance A European peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on such topics that are of relevance to Europe.
Vaccine Journal focused on vaccines. (AHCJ members can request access to articles through ScienceDirect)
MBio Published by the American Society for Microbiology. Best of research in microbiology. (open-access)
Health Security A peer-review journal explores the issues posed by disease outbreaks and epidemics. Published by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (Subscription)
Reports and studies
Urbanization and Slums: Infectious Diseases in the Built Environment:The urban built environment is a prime setting for microbial transmission, because just as cities serve as hubs for migration and international travel, components of the urban built environment serve as hubs that drive the transmission of infectious disease pathogens. The risk of infectious diseases for many people living in slums is further compounded by their poverty and their surrounding physical and social environment, which is often overcrowded, is prone to physical hazards, and lacks adequate or secure housing and basic infrastructure, including water, sanitation, or hygiene services. To examine the role of the urban built environment in the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases that affect human health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planned a public workshop. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25070
National Sheriff’s Association A professional organization that serves as a center of information to the network of local law enforcement officials. The group chairs the Emergency Service Sector Coordinating Council, which represents fire, rescue, emergency and law enforcement officials across the nation. The group has recommendations for planning for a pandemic.
Antibiotic Stewardship in Long-Term Care Facilities The Pew Trusts Antibiotic Resistance project offers important and timely background information and analysis on the challenges of treating infections in nursing homes. Well sourced, with links to relevant studies.