The University of Arizona

Brenda Granillo, MS

Mrs. Granillo has worked in the public health arena since 2002, serving in a variety of capacities including public health laboratorian, surveillance officer, epidemiologist, and public health preparedness curriculum developer, educator and trainer. In 2004, she completed an Emergency Infections Disease Training Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory. Her fellowship project entailed Arbovirus Surveillance, with an emphasis on serologic and molecular diagnostics for the detection of West Nile virus antibodies/viral RNA in human sera and cerebral spinal fluid, mosquito pools and avian brain tissues. Her fellowship experience helped to bridge the relationship between epidemiology capacity and the laboratory.

Shortly thereafter she served as a border surveillance epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Border Health and worked with border counties and tribes to provide hands-on technical assistance in the development and maintenance of disease surveillance systems in addition to providing technical support in tri-national public health emergency preparedness and planning activities.

In 2005 she was appointed Director of the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness, which was the former iteration of Preparedness Centers (now known as Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers) to develop and deliver core-competency based emergency preparedness education and training to Arizona’s public health workforce. In 2009, she led the Tribal Strategic Planning Process for the 15 Arizona Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Programs (PHEP), which was endorsed by the state health department and presented nationally to the CDC Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee on January 26, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.

She has published on the use of the Native American Talking Circle for teaching ICS to tribal public health professionals. Additionally, Mrs. Granillo has served on multiple local and national emergency preparedness committees including; the CPHP International Global Preparedness Education Collaboration Group; Workgroup on College and University-based Flu Planning; Pima County Pandemic Influenza Public Information Subcommittee; Homeland Security Southern Region Arizona Council Planning, Training, and Exercises Subcommittee; University of Arizona Pandemic Influenza Subcommittee; member of the University of Arizona Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Mrs. Granillo has served on HSEEP compliant exercise design teams; exercise controller/ evaluator for local, state and TOPOFF 4 exercises; simcell controller; Just In Time ICS trainer for Tucson Area Indian Health Service; supported the development of tri-national all-hazards emergency response plans for Arizona’s border counties; and developed the Workforce Capacity Development Plan for Pima County Health Department Project Public Health Ready Recognition Program.

Mrs. Granillo has strong well established relationship with public health practitioners at the federal, state, local, tribal and border level and has adapted and created culturally sensitive tailored training programs for tribal and border public health partners. Her current interest lie in enhancing tribal public health preparedness by integrating all-hazards program planning approaches and implementing strategies to build sustainable infrastructure models.