The University of Washington’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) is an interdisciplinary group of subject matter experts and operational leaders that conducts the following activities to reduce the risk of, prepare for, and address the University’s needs related to communicable disease outbreaks:

  • Advises the University president, provost, deans, directors, chancellors, and other leadership representatives on trends, risks, and appropriate responses
  • Guides the University’s preparation and response activities related to communicable diseases
  • Disseminates information to the campus community about potential risks, along with health and safety measures to reduce risk
  • Collaborates to promote the health and wellness of UW students, employees, and visitors
  • Coordinates with local and state public health officials and agencies


The ACCD includes representatives from across the University.

Medical, infectious disease, public health, environmental and occupational health expertise:

  • Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S)
  • Hall Health Center
  • School of Medicine (Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
  • School of Public Health
  • UW Medicine (Clinical leadership and infection Prevention and Control)

Administrative and operational expertise and leadership:

  • Attorney General
  • Compliance and Risk Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Facilities
  • Global Affairs
  • Housing and Food Services
  • Human Resources
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Media Relations and Communications
  • Office of Academic Personnel
  • Office of Research
  • Registrar
  • Student Life
  • UW Bothell
  • UW Tacoma
  • Other UW entities, as their expertise is required

Roles and responsibilities of the ACCD chair

The chair of the Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases is the EH&S medical director and the committee is administered and facilitated by EH&S. EH&S is responsible for:

  • Scheduling and facilitating meetings
  • Communicating with membership
  • Developing agendas
  • Facilitating subcommittees
  • Maintaining the roster and charter
  • Suggesting discussion topics
  • Documenting the meetings

Roles and responsibilities of ACCD member departments

  • Participate in meetings
  • Respond to email and other communications
  • Suggest agenda items
  • Research and/or provide input on communicable disease-related questions
  • Participate in special projects or subcommittees, as requested by the ACCD chair
  • Act as a liaison to the  ACCD-member organizations with which they are affiliated



Environmental Health & Safety Contact

(206) 543-7262