County Public
Health Contacts
Find Us on Facebook

Follow IDPH on Twitter
Epidemiology Response Team Logo

When communicable disease outbreaks occur, state and local public health, the public health laboratory and the broader medical community are called upon to prevent and control the spread of the disease. Such rapid and intensive response may strain local and state public health resources. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is forming partnerships to provide a volunteer Epidemiology Response Team (EpiRT) that can be mobilized on short notice to respond to disease emergencies.

What qualifications do I need to volunteer?

Health professionals who have training and experience in public health, such as prevention specialists, nurses, physicians, community health professionals or epidemiologists should consider volunteering to become a part of the EpiRT. Other desirable skills include interviewing, data management, or data analysis.

What activities would I be called upon to perform if deployed?

Typical activities include the following:

  • Questionnaire administration
  • Contact tracing
  • Planning, data management, surveillance and other tasks usually carried out by an epidemiologist
  • Assisting with implementation of quarantine and isolation
  • Providing consultation on epidemiologic issues to the local emergency operations center
  • Providing support for immunization clinics and dispensing sites
  • Assisting in completion of after-action reports and evaluations

How do I apply?

Application  Adobe Acrobat Logo

Will I receive any training?

All team members are expected to become trained in emergency response as well as case investigation and outbreak response.

New team members will be asked to complete Basic Epidemiology and Basic Incident Command online from the Learning Management System. In addition, all team members will be required to attend a basic orientation. At a minimum, the basic training will include:

  • Team deployment procedures
  • Outbreak management
  • Case investigation, including questionnaire administration
  • Confidentiality

To maintain competency, members will be required to attend ongoing trainings.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • 4/29/2009 - New member training
  • 4/30/2009 - Continuing education for existing EpiRT members
  • 5/19/2009 - New member training
  • 5/20/2009 - Continuing education for existing EpiRT members

How can I get additional information?

You may call The Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at (515) 242-5935 or 1-800-362-2736 or Contact Us.