Global Epidemics and Public Health
Friday, November 21, 2014
University of Florida Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
This one-day in-service was an opportunity for middle and high school teachers to experience some of the many facets of the University of Florida College of Medicine. The program combines visits to clinical and research laboratories, brief lectures, networking with peers, exchange of best teaching practices, and career panel discussions.
This year’s program focused on the current outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, covering up-to-date information on the virus and disease, as well as common misconceptions. Faculty, staff and students from multiple departments across the University of Florida participated in this exciting event, particularly those with dual appointment in the Center for African Studies.
This year’s program featured presentations from Dr. Michael Good (Dean, College of Medicine); Dr. John Lednicky (Department of Environmental and Global Health); Dr. Reuben Ramphal (Department of Medicine); Ms. Claudia Ganser (Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation). Also on the agenda was a panel presentation to discuss other factors contributing to the spread of disease, including anthropology, economics, politics, and geography. The panel presenters included Dr. Greg Glass (Geography), Dr. Sarah McKune (Epidemiology), Dr. Rick Rheingans (Environmental and Global Health) and Dr. Timothy Nevin (History).
Download the MMS 2014 Program Book
News and Information
University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute – background information and slides from a presentation given by various UF faculty concerning Ebola (patho)biology, symptoms, transmission, as well as Florida’s response to the current outbreak,
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – resources on the virus, current and past outbreaks (with chronology), signs and symptoms/transmission/exposure risk/prevention/diagnosis/treatment, as well as guidance info for healthcare/aid workers
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) news and resources, with info on clinical trial to test safety of candidate ebola vaccine
World Health Organization (WHO) – Global Alert and Response
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Biointeractive – free resources for science education (has a section dedicated to infectious disease), including animations, explorations, interviews, lectures, podcasts, short films and video clips, virtual labs
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) – What you need to know about infectious disease – contains link to free PDF,
Ebola Communication Network – a collection of health communication materials designed to help address the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. ECN collects Ebola communication resources from a variety of sources including USAID, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
White House – US Response to Ebola epidemic
Health Map – HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available website and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.
Education World – reading/study questions for student discussion (with links to appropriate articles)
PBS NewsHour – Ebola outbreak lesson plan
PBS Nova – Disease Outbreaks and Interactive Disease Detective
Links to Relevant News Articles
- National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/02/352983774/no-seriously-how-contagious-is-ebola?
- Science (AAAS) Magazine: http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2014/10/ebola-survivor-ii-nancy-writebol-we-just-dont-even-have-clue-what-happened
- National Center for Science Education: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/09/well-said-defusing-fear-airborne-ebola-0015889
- New York Times: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/exponential-outbreaks-the-mathematics-of-epidemics/?_r=0