Seminar Series on the Epidemiology of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a global public health crisis and poses unprecedented challenges to the national health and lives of our residents. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics held a seminar series on the epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and the State of Maryland. The seminar series featured presentations delivered by frontline public health experts and epidemiologists.
Indigenous Perspectives on COVID-19
This seminar was presented by Delight E. Satter, MPH, Senior Health Scientist in the Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances in CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.
Best Practices of States and Counties in Addressing the COVID19 Pandemic
This seminar includes a presentation from Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne.
E. Oscar Alleyn, DrPH, MPH, Chief of Programs and Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials, is in charge of managing programs on infectious diseases and informatics, public health preparedness, pandemic, and catastrophic preparedness.
An Interactive COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform for Situational Awareness and Decision Support
This seminar includes a presentation from Dr. Lei Zhang.
Dr. zhang is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Maryland Transportation Institute in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. His current research projects, funded by NSF, USDOE, USDOT, FHWA, SHRP2, NCHRP and Maryland DOT and Maryland SHA, aim to: 1) build behaviorally sound and computationally efficient integrated travel behavior and dynamic traffic models; 2) incentivize individual behavioral changes that are also system optimal through personalized information and control signals; and 3) create a large-scale agent-based simulation of social, communications, vehicle and transportation networks.
Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America – Perspectives From 80 Latin American Epidemiologists
This seminar includes a presentation from Dr. Carlos Castillo-Salgado. '
Dr. Salgado is a Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. His many accomplishments at the Pan American Health Organization include the development of one of the most important strategies for controlling malaria in the Americas, as well as the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization’s Regional Core Health Indicators Initiative. He has developed advanced training programs that set a gold standard for professional epidemiology worldwide and taught thousands of Latin American and Caribbean public health professionals, senior international health advisors, and academic and health leaders.
Modeling the Epidemic of COVID-19 in Maryland: Does Social Distancing Work?
Third in the series was a presentation from Dr. Hongjie Liu, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics.
Dr. Liu’s research focuses on social and behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS and research methodology. In the past five years, his research projects mainly covered social and risk networks for HIV infection, stigma, text messaging in intervention delivery, survey methodology and advanced analytical techniques.
Building a Rapid Response: Lessons Learned from an Ongoing Pandemic of COVID-19
Second in the epidemiology seminar series was a presentation from Dr. Travis Gayles and Dr. Chunfu Liu.
Dr. Travis Gayles is the health officer and chief of public health services for Montgomery County, Maryland. He is the former chief medical officer of the DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA) and Chief for the Division of STD-TB Control.
Dr. Liu is a senior epidemiologist with more than two decades of experience in public health and currently the chief epidemiologist with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. He leads a team of researchers, epidemiologists and biostatisticians to support public health functions.
Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 in the US and Latino Communities
First in the series was a presentation from Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras.
Epidemiology Professor Carter-Pokras has been a health disparities researcher for three decades. She has published 74 peer-reviewed journal articles (cited over 5100 times), and her research has played a critical role in national recognition of health disparities experienced by Latinos.
Carter-Pokras lectures on infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, cultural competency and health disparities to public health students and health professionals.