CPHHS faculty are working with fellow Oregon State researchers to help determine the prevalence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Corvallis community.
The Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics (TRACE) study results will help save lives.
With a clearer understanding of how the virus spreads, public health leaders, health care providers and individuals can make informed decisions about policies and the use of time and resources to slow the spread of the virus and minimize its impacts.
Visit TRACE-COVID-19 to learn more.
Jeff Bethel is a TRACE-COVID-19 project co-leader along with Professor Ben Dalziel in the College of Science, and CPHHS Dean Javier Nieto. An infectious disease epidemiologist, Jeff previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning. He is Co-PI (principal investigator) with the TRACE-COVID-19 team.
Denise Hynes is a professor, registered nurse and public health expert who studies innovative approaches to improving health care quality, access and costs, with special interest in the health and health care of U.S. veterans. Experienced in data governance and data knowledge sharing, she oversees data management policies and procedures for the TRACE-COVID-19 team.
Allison Myers is director of OSU’s Center for Health Innovation and is manager of the TRACE-COVID-19 call center, training and leading a team of student volunteers who are staffing a phone bank to answer the public’s questions about the project.
Javier Nieto is a physician-epidemiologist with expertise in the design and conduct of epidemiological surveys. He has considerable relationships with public health officials at the local, national and international levels. He’s Co-PI (principal investigator) with the TRACE-COVID-19 team.
Aslan Noakes is a 2015 MPH graduate of the CPHHS, a registered nurse and a public health advocate who runs a for-profit social business, called Empower Haiti Together, to promote sustainable and empowering partnerships in Haiti. She is the TRACE-COVID-19 field manager, overseeing all of the field worker teams that are collecting surveys and samples from participants.