Welcome to Rollins! We hope you are all having a relaxing summer before breaking out your TI-83 calculator and dusting off the computer for the paper writing. When you arrive in Atlanta, you will be overwhelmed by all of the opportunities to join clubs, participate in events with other students and engage with public health professionals with the widest variety of experiences. We would like to introduce you to one of the ways to gain experience, make connections and be a part of a unique and exciting group focused on public health preparedness and response.
The Student Outbreak and Response Team, or SORT (get used to the acronyms) is a RSPH student organization that aims to give students training and experience in the field of public health preparedness and response on the local and global level. We achieve these goals by collaborating with the DeKalb County Board of Health, Emory’s Center for Public Health Preparedness Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in exercises, advocacy activities and emergency response efforts.
Some of the activities we have been engaged with include helping the CDC practice the Nurse Triage Line project to prepare for a potential pandemic. Some members participated in a workshop in mental health during disasters with DeKalb County and we were also asked to help with the Fungal Meningitis response on behalf of the CDC last fall. We also engaged with the Rollins and Emory Community during National Public Health week by participating in a Table Top Exercise and teaching students how to be prepared on campus.
If any of this sounds as exciting to you as it did to us last year, think about applying to our team! We accept around 20 students each academic year and the application will be available in the fall. If you are wondering what you can do in the meantime to prepare for the application process, you can learn about FEMA’s Incident Command System and take these IS-700A and IS-100B (do 700 before 100).
Completion of these courses will be required as part of the application. You can also keep up with our blog and follow us on twitter @SORTEMORY. Watching the movie Contagion is always a good and entertaining idea too. As always, feel free to email us with any of your questions firstname.lastname@example.org.