Office of Infectious Disease Services

2010 Infectious Disease Training & Exercise

July 27-29, 2010, Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

This three-day training and exercise brings together physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals involved in public health, disease prevention, research, patient care, and education in the field of infectious diseases. This meeting shall provide comprehensive educational experience regarding epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, clinical presentation and prevention of infectious diseases of public health relevance. Sessions will be led by experts in the field of infectious disease with emphasis on current trends, including emerging infections, new diagnostic techniques, and vaccines. Public health professionals are encouraged to attend and exchange scientific and public health information on infectious disease issues.

This training is co-organized by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the American Lung Association, Arizona State University, Heartland National TB Center, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The Greater Valley Area Health Education Center is coordinating education units for the training.


Participants shall be able to:

  • Recognize and describe a wide variety of infectious disease threats in the Southwest, including food-borne pathogens, influenza, coccidioidomycosis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and vector-borne and zoonotic diseases
  • Understand the role of local, state, and federal agencies and public health partners, including hospitals, tribes, professional associations, and regulatory agencies, in reporting, investigating, and controlling infectious disease outbreaks
  • Distinguish between different agencies and resources available to health care providers and other public health entities when diagnosing and investigating infectious disease cases and outbreaks in Arizona
  • Comprehend the role and importance of applying all-hazards planning and incident command structure methods to the investigation and control of infectious disease outbreaks
  • Describe lab testing methodologies and specimen collection procedures for infectious diseases in Arizona
  • Discuss the impact of pandemic influenza in Arizona and describe impacts on future pandemic planning
  • Evaluate current plans for food-borne disease outbreak and response


The first two days will consist of alternating plenary sessions and topic-specific break-out sessions.  The third day will be a smaller tabletop exercise targeted towards persons directly involved in foodborne disease investigation and response.


Presentations will be posted as they are authorized.

  1. R.J. Shannon, BA - Minority AIDS Coordinator, Arizona Department of Health Services, HIV/STD/Hepatitis C - HIV: Social Determinants of DiseasePDF.

  2. Norman Barnett, CP-FS - Division of Food Safety, Fry's Food & Drugs - Recalls: Behind the ScenesPDF.

  3. Clarisse Tsang, MPH - Epidemiologist, Arizona Department of Health Services, Epidemiology & Disease Control, Investigations - Nocardia Infections in ArizonaPDF.

  4. Laketa L. Kemp, BS - FERN Regional Coordinator, Pacific Region, Food Emergency Response Network- Toxins in FoodPDF. Contact Laketa at (602)364-0945.

  5. John Marcello, BFS - Retail Food Specialist, United States Food & Drug Administration- Measuring Trends: Occurence of Contributing Factors to Foodborne Illness with Foodservices & Retail Food Store Establishments (FDA 10-Year Study). This presentation is pending agency review and cannot be released for public distribution at this time. Please check back in September for updates.

  6. Melanie Taylor, MD, MPH - Medical Officer & Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of STD Prevention - Sexually Transmitted Disease UpdatePDF, Syphilis & Congenital Syphilis in ArizonaPDF and Tuberculosis & Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)PDF

  7. Douglas Hornick, MD - Academic Clinician & Professor of Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine – Tuberculosis Infection Control in Health Care SettingsPDF.

  8. Carrie Senseman, MPA - Refugee Health Coordinator, Arizona Department of Health Services, Epidemiology & Disease Control - The Developing Refugee Health State Profiles presentation will not be posted.

  9. Patty Gray, RN, CIC - Infection Preventionist, Scottsdale Healthcare; Rebecca Sunenshine, MD - Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; Jessica Rigler, MPH, CHES - Healthcare Associated Infections Coordinator, Arizona Department of Health Services, Epidemiology & Disease Control, Infectious Disease - Healthcare Associated Infections: State, County & Facility PerspectivesPDF.

  10. Gage Patterson, MS - Public Health Scientist, Arizona Department of Health Services, State Laboratory Services, Bioemergency Detection & Repsonse - Bioterrorism: Laboratory Zoonotic Disease Surveillance, Detection & Speciation of Select AgentPDF.

  11. Alice Guh, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Prevention & Response Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Healthcare-Associated Infections: Epidemiology & Prevention StrategiesPDF.

  12. Craig Levy, MS - Program Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services, Epidemiology & Disease Control, Infectious Disease, Vector-borne & Zoonotic Disease - Vector-Borne Disease UpdatePDF.

  13. Peter Kelly, MD - Infectious Disease Specialist, Arizona Department of Health Services, Public Health Emergency Preparedness - Clinical Aspects of Pandemic H1N1 InfluenzaPDF.

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