The Infectious Disease (ID) Alliance is focused on addressing infectious diseases in populations often underserved by our healthcare systems (e.g., people in relatively poor, urban environments, especially children). The Division of Infectious Diseases has built successful partnerships globally to help fight the spread of tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS in particular. Now, the ID Alliance seeks to build partnerships locally in Cleveland. Working with Cleveland Public Health officials, the ID Alliance is able to identify ID-related needs, and by collaborating with social science experts on campus, address them. Currently, the ID Alliance is developing themes for its work by conducting interviews and small group discussions with stakeholders. The results of these interviews and information from relevant model organizations will be aligned with the strengths of the Division of Infectious Diseases to develop consensus for the ID Alliance.
The goals of the ID Alliance remain to educate the under-served public about infectious disease prevention, seek to understand barriers that this population faces and how they can be overcome, and ultimately, reduce disease occurrence.