Led by Dr. Jodie Guest, Rollins students spent many hours working on COVID-19 outbreaks across Georgia during the summer of 2020. The team provided free COVID-19 testing to those in communities hardest hit by the epidemic. In addition they worked with community partners to develop educational materials to promote PPE use and hygiene. The students in this group have received invaluable hands on experience serving vulnerable communities in Georgia while contributing meaningfully to their applied practical experiences. The outbreak response team is poised and ready to respond if called upon to help curb outbreaks in other regions of the state. This team is coordinating with Georgia Health Districts to determine the need for active response across the state.

“In public health, we work with numbers, being a part of the Outbreak Response Team was a humble reminder of the individual faces behind the staggering COVID-19 numbers. As we continue our work in public health, it is critical to remember the individuals behind the numbers that represent our work and relentlessly fight for equity, justice, and improved health of the population.”

– Lisa Chung, 2nd year MPH Epidemiology Student

Outbreak Response Members; Emi Grill, Sashawn Lawrence, Bianca Perez, Baffour Otchere, Chiqui (Veronika) Laird, Joanne Wu, Silvia Chapa, Aaron Holton, Brady Bennett (PhD Student)