Sponsored by Mercy College Research Advisory Council and co-sponsored by Mercy College Alumni Association

Infectious Disease: It’s Contagiously Catchy

Monday, April 2, 2018 • 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Mercy College of Health Sciences 

Keynote: Dr. Ann Garvey
Iowa Department of Public Health

Dr. Ann Garvey is a Public Health Epidemiologist at the Iowa Department of Public Health since 2006,  where she functions as both the Deputy State Epidemiologist and the State Public Health Veterinarian. Her background includes a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.


Explore current and emerging infectious diseases prevalent within the state of Iowa and their impact.

Intended Audience

The target audience consists of students, faculty and staff from Mercy College and local higher education institutions with an interest in the topic of epidemiology, infectious diseases and healthcare research.

Agenda, Objectives, and Faculty

11:30-11:45 Poster set-up
11:45-12:30 Poster judging, Poster viewing, and Registration
12:30-12:35 Welcome 
12:35-1:15 Joelle Stolte, MPH., PhD(c), Program Chair, Public Health, Assistant Professor

Microbes to Management; an Overview of Infectious Disease

  1. Explore the history and cause of infectious disease and how it spreads
  2. Determine the impact of infectious disease on public health
  3. Recognize global and remerging challenges associated with infectious diseases
  4. Identify key steps in prevention and treatment for infectious diseases
1:15-2:15 Ann Garvey, DVM, MPH, State Deputy Director Epidemiologist & Public Health Veterinarian
  1. Identify infectious diseases prevalent within the state of Iowa
  2. Identify incidence of infectious disease and statistics at the state level
  3. Describe the role of the state health department and its relationship with local health departments and healthcare facilities across Iowa
  4. Identify emerging threats and bacterial resistance     
2:15-3:00 Poster Viewing and Break
3:00-4:00 Kari Lebeda-Townsend, MA, Disease Prevention Supervisor, Polk County Health Department
  1. Identify infectious diseases that are prevalent within the Polk County community
  2. Understand infectious disease statistics at the local level
  3. Understand the role of the local health department in regard to infectious diseases
  4. Understand the importance of vaccination in community prevention
4:00-4:15  Questions and Answers
4:15-4:30 Awards, contact hours and closing remarks

Call for Posters

Poster Abstracts (no more than 250 words) can be submitted online by March 28, 2018.

Please direct questions to Linda Knowles at lknowles@mercydesmoines.org or (515) 643-6760.

Poster awards for multiple categories. Students encouraged to participate.