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Ryan White HIV Center of Excellence Participates in ETSU Safe Zone Training
Individuals at the Ryan White Center of Excellence (COE) participated in East Tennessee State University’s Safe Zone training recently. Employees and a graduate student of the COE, on-site Medical Education Assistance Corporation (MEAC) staff, Nashville Pharmacy Services, and CEMPA Community Care came together for the training. Safe Zone at ETSU is a community of students, faculty, and staff who have undergone an orientation to being an LGBTQ + ally and signed the ETSU Safe Zone pledge.
The individuals pictured above completed Safe Zone ally training. Not pictured are Cheryl Bennett, Dr. Carmen Yates, Dr. David Cluck, Diana Brown, Susan Fields, David Johnston, Dr. Sarah Melton, Christine Rigsby, Janet Williams, Shonta Cobb, and Glenna Broyles.
CIIDI Co-Director Dr. Jonathan Moorman Appointed to Governor Bill Lee’s COVID-19 Task Force
The Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease, and Immunity Co-Director Dr. Jonathan Moorman was appointed to the State of Tennessee’s Coronavirus Task Force on March 4, 2020. The task force of 15 individuals representing a variety of sectors will oversee precautionary measures, resource allocation, and emergency response plans should the need arise.
In a statement released Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee stated, “As confirmed cases of the coronavirus spread across the country, it is important that Tennessee remains prepared. To help us be even better prepared, this group of experts will work closely with me and my administration, along with local, state, and federal agencies as we continue to monitor any potential developments. I appreciate their willingness to serve our state.”
Locally, Dr. Moorman is also working with the advisory team for COVID-19 response for East Tennessee State University. He serves as Professor and Division Chief for Infectious, Inflammatory, and Immunologic Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine.