Erin A. Corriveau, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
I am currently an associate professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health as well as in Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am a practicing physician and University faculty educator as well as an appointed public health official at the county level. Since our first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Kansas in early March, I have been fully engaged in supporting the Wyandotte County Health Department in their preparedness, case and contact tracing, adoption of innovative strategies to enhance symptom monitoring, and increasing access to COVID testing. I am focused on our most vulnerable community members and ensuring we reach them with appropriate information and provide additional support to meet their range of social needs which have been exacerbated by the economic downturn. Through this intense engagement with the Wyandotte County Health Department, I have earned the title of Deputy Health officer for Wyandotte County, KS.
Prior to COVID-19, my great interest was in strengthening health services to meet the needs of rural and underserved communities. While at the University of New Mexico, I helped develop and implement the Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) program, which continues to serve rural families throughout the state. While at Johns Hopkins and University of New Mexico I was able to serve Native American families, both in terms of developing clinical guidelines and policies for standardized hepatitis C screening and treatment, as well as delivering direct care on the Zuni and Navajo reservations. I have a strong foundation in health policy, public health and prevention supplemented by practicum experiences in both rural and urban areas and public health organizations. Aside from practicing Family Medicine, much of my professional time is also spent furthering my commitment to prevention and public health through collaborative projects such as health extension in Kansas, working to create a community-linked interdisciplinary care team for our patients and health professions students and residents, as well as working with our medical-legal partnerships on behalf of the families we serve. I also served as a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the committee that advises Congress on matters related to health professional workforce trends and future needs.
Education and Training
- MD, Univ of New Mexico-Main Campus
- MPH, John Hopkins University
- Residency, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
- Residency, John Hopkins University
Since the beginning of March 2020, my professional life has transitioned to full-time support of the Wyandotte County community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In my role as Deputy Health Officer for the County, I have been part of a small leadership team that has made testing accessible to all ill or exposed county residents. I have led efforts to establish “pop-up” testing sites across the community in an effort to decrease disparities in accessing testing. Our health department has been on the cutting edge of validation of new tests, as well as sustaining a working taskforce on Long-Term Care facility testing. I have contributed to a PCORI submission on best practices on testing within long-term care facilities.
Further, when it became apparent that racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 related health outcomes were magnified, during the first two-weeks of the pandemic I helped convene a new Wyandotte County Health Equity Taskforce. This group meets together for several hours each week and is committed to the health of our diverse neighborhoods, advising best practices in reaching especially vulnerable residents such as Black, Hispanic and refugee Wyandotte County residents. We have received foundation funding for this work, and continue to work together with community leaders to set up needed public health infrastructure to battle COVID-19. I am currently a Co-I on an NIH RadX-Up grant aimed at increasing COVID-19 testing in minoritized people and underserved areas around the state of KS.
I am also part of the University of Kansas “Daily Digest” scientific advisory group, which contributes material to a digest circulated throughout the State on COVID-19 related best practices and up-to-date information. I too am currently working on obtaining funding to investigate best practices in school reopening during the pandemic, as well as investigating how KS state policies has affected testing and vaccine distribution in communities of greatest need.