Special Highlight

Sara Alert Learning Hour at the NACCHO Preparedness Summit

Virginia public health leaders using Sara Alert discuss its impact at the National Association of City and County Health Officials Preparedness Summit. Hear how Sara Alert has impacted their response to COVID-19, and how it was built by public health for public health to be an adaptable and accessible tool.

Gratitude for Public Health Workers

Public health worker’s perseverance cannot be overstated. MITRE and the Sara Alert team acknowledge and celebrate those in public health who have tackled the challenges of this past year. Dr. Paul Jarris, Carla Bezold, and Rebecca Filipowicz – three people who have dedicated their lives to public health – reflect on public health’s leadership and express their gratitude for the essential role of public health workers.

Why the Nation Needs to Track and Analyze Adverse Side Effects to COVID Vaccines

As coronavirus vaccinations ramp up across the U.S. and around the world, health experts are emphasizing the importance of monitoring adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Paul Jarris, Chief Medical Advisor at the MITRE Corporation, joined Wake Up With Cheddar to break down why this is vital to combating the pandemic.

Listen to Dr. Jarris’ interview.

Sara Alert's Paul Jarris Interview with Cheddar: "Why the Nation Needs to Track and Analyze Adverse Side Effects to COVID Vaccines"

A Force Multiplier: Tracing System Saves Precious Time For Health Professionals

With the support of the CDC Foundation, MITRE partnered with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and local, state and federal agencies to develop Sara Alert, a standards-based, open-source tool designed to support monitoring of individuals at risk of developing COVID-19.

“We did not have a way to do case contact tracing or support people in quarantine and isolation efficiently and at scale,” Jarris said. “Sara Alert allows us to automate and modernize identification and monitoring of case contacts in quarantine, and positive cases in isolation.”

Read full CDC Foundation article.

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