- Committee Co-Chair – Lisa Dallmeyer, RN, BSN, MPH
- Committee Co-Chair – Shamika Smith
- Board Member Liaison – Catherine A. Counard, MD, MPH
The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) Infectious Disease Committee is comprised of local and state health department medical officers, epidemiologists, nurses and communicable disease directors and staff.
The committee's mission is to coordinate and improve communicable disease reporting, identification, investigation, control, and prevention through planning, training and event response in the region. For each of these activities, the Committee members are dedicated to collaborating with one another and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and provide recommendations to the NIPHC Board of Directors, as necessary.
To achieve its mission, the Infectious Disease Committee has developed these strategic objectives pertaining to communicable diseases:
- Establish, strengthen, and maintain professional relationships among the communicable disease and epidemiology staff from participating local health departments and IDPH.
- Share resources, tools, and information among communicable disease staff from participating health departments.
- Recommend to the NIPHC Board and implement policy or protocol changes to address and/or resolve regional public health concerns, including the review of communicable disease-relevant legislation proposed to maintain and/or improve public health standards and practice.
- Develop and implement best practices for core epidemiological activities, including, but not limited to, surveillance and outbreak investigation by each participating health department.
- Coordinate and collaborate during multi-jurisdictional public health events.
- Produce and distribute consistent communicable disease messages to providers, the general public, and other health partners.
- Share and provide expertise on a number of issues related to communicable diseases.
- Serve as a forum to exchange information with IDPH and work with the state on communicable disease issues including immunizations and disease reporting.
- Work with medical associations and providers to promote vaccination.