Gerd W. Clabaugh, MPA

Gerd W. Clabaugh, MPA

Iowa Department of Public Health and CORHA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Representative

Gerd Clabaugh currently serves as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Clabaugh has served in many capacities within IDPH, including Deputy Director, Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, and Director of Acute Disease Epidemiology and Emergency Response. During the early 1990s, he was appointed Director of the Center for Health Policy.

Clabaugh has experience in both state government operations and nonprofit organizations. He is the former director of operations at the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) where he worked with Iowa hospitals to promote infection reduction strategies. As a private consultant, he supported public health agencies in assessing community health needs, program development, planning for public health improvement, and grant writing.

He is past-president and past-legislative chair of the Iowa Public Health Association, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, Montana State University-Billings, Des Moines University, and Iowa State University. He has authored or contributed to academic publications in the journals Value in Health, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Vaccine.

Clabaugh has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Erin Epson, MD

Erin Epson, MD

California Department of Health and CORHA: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Representative

Dr. Epson is Medical Director and Chief of the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program at the California Department of Health. She is clinically trained and board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and completed medical epidemiology training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In her role with the CDPH HAI Program, Dr. Epson is responsible for ensuring the HAI Program fulfills its legislative mandates by interpreting HAI data reported by California hospitals, determining HAI and antimicrobial resistance (AR) prevention priorities, and publishing these data on an annual basis. Dr. Epson oversees HAI Program operations and communications, data management and epidemiologic analysis, investigation and response to HAI/AR outbreaks and infection control breaches, and facility- and regionally-based HAI/AR prevention initiatives.

Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA

Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CORHA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Representative

Dr. Joseph Perz currently serves as the Deputy Chief for Public Health Programs within the Prevention and Response Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Perz entered the field of public health after training as an engineer and environmental scientist. After receiving a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University, he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Tennessee Department of Health. Since the early 2000s, Dr. Perz has worked at CDC headquarters, guiding dozens of outbreak investigations and special studies, drawing attention to the needs for injection safety and other basic infection control. He has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, MMWR articles and book chapters. His activities are currently focused on building support for health departments, fostering interagency collaboration, and promoting efforts to improve and expand prevention and response activities across all healthcare sectors.

Dawn Terashita, MD, MPH

Dawn Terashita, MD, MPH

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and CORHA: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Representative

Dr. Terashita currently serves as the Chief of the Healthcare Outreach Unit at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Acute Communicable Disease Control Program. Dr. Terashita was educated at the New York Medical College and obtained her Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University. Dr. Terashita is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has supervised more than a hundred healthcare-associated outbreaks and authored and co-authored numerous related publications. She is Chair of the Los Angeles County Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Committee and is a member of the California Department of Public Health Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee.