Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and CEO for UCLA Health
What you need to know:
- New Infectious Diseases Management Team replaces the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force and Case Management Team
- Team will advise on long-term campus strategies and planning related to infectious disease issues that may impact our campus community
Dear Bruin Community:
Over the last two and a half years, we have learned a great deal about the importance of taking a proactive approach to managing public health issues that can affect our campus, our community and our day-to-day operations. The UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force (CRRTF) and Case Management Team (CMT) were created to help guide and advise our campus during a time of great uncertainty.
The work of these groups has been deeply appreciated and incredibly valuable since their inception, and the UCLA community has benefited greatly from it. Their successes have led us to evolve the framework to consolidate our efforts and include other infectious diseases that have the potential to become public health emergencies, like monkeypox.
In place of the two groups mentioned above, the UCLA Infectious Diseases Management Team (IDMT) has been established to monitor public health conditions and develop balanced response strategies while considering operational needs, public health and safety protocols, and impacts to our students, faculty, staff and visitors. As with the CMT and CRRTF, the IDMT includes faculty, staff and students from the campus and the health system. The IDMT will be co-chaired by Tim Groeling, professor in the UCLA Department of Communication and Michelle A. Sityar, chief of staff in UCLA Administration.
We would like to once again thank members of the CRRTF and CMT for their thoughtful and diligent work over the last two years, many of whom are part of the new IDMT, as well as those new members who are joining us for the first time. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to Megan McEvoy, professor of microbiology and chair of the undergraduate council of the Academic Senate, for her exceptional work as CRRTF co-chair over the past year.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and we have been gratified to see our campus and community rally together to confront these challenges.
Our greatest concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. is.Monitoring and responding to emerging infectious diseases will therefore be vital as we continue to work to protect our fellow Bruins and their UCLA experience.
Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Past Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force
John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences and CEO, UCLA Health