Saint Louis University

Four Saint Louis University students are advancing to the finals of the 8th Annual National Security Innovation Competition organized by the National Homeland Defense Foundation. The finals will be held on Friday, April 25 in Colorado Springs Colorado. 

The team will present their project titled "Emergency Personnel Immunization Quest (EPIQ) Initiative," that aims to improve community health and resilience by engaging emergency responders to check immunization status, deliver evidence-based education on natural and malicious biological threats and offering vaccination per the C.D.C. guidelines. 

Three of the four students, Marissa Latterman, Collette Linder and Jill Miller, representing SLU are in the Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health and Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness program. The last member of the team is Madeline Caito, a pre-med student. 

This team is lead by Thomas K. Zink, M.D. an associate professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health. 

More than 30 teams from universities and academies participated in the competition and seven teams were chosen to advance to the finals.