Something in the Air

J.Collins VFWhat is this mysterious disease we hear about that starts in some soils? What does valley fever mean for Arizona residents?  Who is most at risk? Should we fear every dust storm? What are the signs and symptoms? What is the role of public health in serving the community? On Monday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m., Jennifer Collins will address these and other questions.

Collins began studying valley fever while a student at the University of Arizona earning degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.   She then gained an internship evaluating valley fever risk factors in Pinal County and continued her studies earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  

She joined the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in 2016 and began working on a two-year valley fever study to determine occupational and recreational risk factors in the county and has since regularly attended and presented at the annual valley fever symposium.

This presentation promises to leave those attending with a better grasp on the mysterious ailment of the valley! 

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.