UA’s Dr. Sean Elliott Appointed to Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

The council is comprised of leading experts from the fields of health, human services, public safety, emergency and military affairs, education and more.

Pediatric infectious diseases physician, Sean Elliott, MD, professor of pediatrics and medical director of infection prevention for the University of Arizona Health Network, has been appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to the newly established Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

The council is comprised of leading experts from the fields of health, human services, public safety, emergency and military affairs, education and more.

Dr. Elliott, together with a multi-disciplinary team at UAHN, has created an “infection-prevention SWAT team,” developing protocols and training for infection control to safely care for patients and to protect the well-being of staff and clinicians throughout the network.

“The Governor’s councils have been formed before—as in the council for H1N1—and they bring together the resources of the state to improve communication, training and understanding,” said Dr. Elliott. “Since we are about to enter the flu season, this council is particularly important.”

According to the Office of the Governor, the “Council has been charged with developing a coordinated and comprehensive plan to ensure the state is prepared to manage and respond to potential outbreaks of infectious diseases, including the Ebola virus and Enterovirus, in Arizona.”

A copy of the Governor’s official press release listing the duties of the council and other team members can be viewed here: http://www.azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_102114_EO_Council_Infectious_Disease_Preparedness_Response.pdf

A copy of the Executive Order can be viewed at: http://www.azgovernor.gov/Newsroom/Gov_EO.asp