• The Mystery and Epidemiology of Long COVID (September, 29 @ 12pm CT)
    This webinar is presented by the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control Training and Technical Assistance. Two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is emerging evidence that in some patients, its symptoms may linger for months or even years after the initial infection. While prevalence estimates vary widely, such ‘long…
  • Predicting Human Disease Risk from Animal-borne Pathogens (July 28, 2022 11am CST)
    Dr. Barbara Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will explore recent approaches that combine knowledge about animal ecology with machine learning and artificial intelligence tools to make predictions about where and from which species the risks of zoonotic outbreaks are greatest. Examples will emphasize the ongoing spillback transmission of SARS-CoV-2…
  • Misinformation as a Risk Factor During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 26, 12pm CST)
    Misinformation has been a risk factor throughout the pandemic, leading to more disease and death from COVID-19. Dr Katrine Wallace (UIC School of Public Health) is an epidemiologist and social media science communicator who debunks misinformation and false claims about COVID-19 and the vaccines. In this talk she discussed the difference between misinformation vs disinformation,…
  • Scientific Reporting During a Pandemic: A Conversation with Katherine Wu (May 11, 12PM CT)
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, media outlets have been tasked with translating complex and evolving scientific data about the nature and risks of SARS-CoV-2 to the public. Journalists in these roles have had to stay up to date with rapidly evolving information, wade through misinformation, scrutinize data, and amplify voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities at…
  • Climate-Disease Connections: Associations, Processes and Incorporation in Infectious Disease Forecast (May 4, 12pm CT)
    In this lecture, Dr. Jeffrey Shaman (Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Director, Climate and Health Program, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) will explore the relationship between disease systems and the broader effects of climate and weather on human health. Dr. Shaman is also Faculty Chair of the Earth Institute at Columbia University…
  • Infection Prevention: What is it? Can it really help protect us from pathogens? (March 22, 12pm CT)
    The Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control Training and Technical Assistance presents “Infection Prevention: What is it? Can it really help protect us from pathogens?”. COVID has reminded us how vulnerable the human race is to pathogens. Infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics are not new. They have helped shape how the human race…
  • Difficult Dialogues: Learning effective communication about tough topics (March 10, 12pm CT)
    In today’s polarized and increasingly isolated communication landscape it can feel impossible to break through the noise and establish a meaningful dialogue about issues related to the COVID019 pandemic. In this webinar Dr. Adam Brooks from the University of Alabama shares with us the basis for effective communication and how to shift tough topics from…
  • Epidemiology 101: Fundamental Concepts for Understanding the Pandemic (February 24, 12pm CT)
    Understanding epidemiologic concepts has been consistently and increasingly important in personal and professional decision-making as the pandemic has continued and all elements of it have evolved. Join Dr. Stella Aslibekyan as she presents several tools to help you read and think critically about pandemic-related news from an epidemiological perspective. The webinar will focus on concepts…
  • Face Masks: Materials, Fit, and Filtration during the COVID-19 Pandemic (February 17, 2021 12pm CT)
    Masking has become one of the most pervasive topics since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Dr. Jeremy Walker, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, as he presents on different types of masks, fit, filtration, and behaviors in wearing masks, as well as his current…
  • Disinfection/Sterilization: A Primer With a Focus on Use in Healthcare Facilities
    Webinar from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Proper cleaning and disinfection/sterilization of devices and surfaces are critical to safely providing care to patients in healthcare facilities. Dr. David Weber, Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention) at University of North Carolina Hospitals, will provide a comprehensive overview of when and how sterilants and…
  • Appropriate Use of Disinfectants in Schools and Healthcare Settings (Jan. 18, 2022)
    Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST Disinfectants are incredibly important at mitigating and stopping the spread of myriad types of disease, and have become even more of a daily staple throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of the most commonly used disinfectants in general and specifically in school and healthcare settings are Quaternary…
  • Basics of Sterilization, Disinfection, and Sanitization in Schools and Healthcare Settings (Nov. 16, 2021)
    Tuesday, November 16, 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST This presentation by Dr. Ziad Kazzi, Emory University, will discuss the differences between sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation and their role in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases, like SARS-CoV-2 in school and healthcare settings. By the end of the program uses will be able to describe the…
  • Prevention and Mitigation Strategies through the COVID-19 Pandemic – A local public health official’s perspective (Oct. 13, 2021)
    Wednesday, October 13, 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson, MD will review and discuss prevention and mitigation strategies employed (or not employed) from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic until now, and some of the challenges he and the health department faced. To the extent possible, this will be an…
  • Understanding Models to Predict Viral Spread and Community Impact (Sept. 29, 2021)
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST Dr. Suzanne Judd will discuss how models predict viral spread including the spread of COVID-19 as well as the impact it has on the community. Dr. Judd will review three modeling strategies used to model viral spread and how assumptions in models impact decisions made from…
  • COVID Insights from Alabama (Sept. 1, 2021)
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00PM CST – 1:00PM CST Rachael Lee, M.D., MSPH, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and healthcare epidemiologist for the UAB Health System, will be sharing insights on the state of COVID in Alabama, including vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy, current trends in hospitalizations and deaths, and current variants.…