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Boise State expands public health team with hire of Jordan Bastian, public health officer

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Reporting to the chief of staff and vice president for compliance, legal and audit, Jordan Bastian joins a growing team of public health officers, nursing staff and contact tracers supporting the university’s response to COVID-19.

Together with fellow public health officer Maureen Welcker, Bastian provides informed guidance to the university’s senior leadership team and the campus community on COVID-related matters, serves as a public health resource for ongoing reintegration planning, liaises with other state and federal agencies and organizations, and works with internal stakeholders to determine how to deploy public health strategies. Bastian is the liaison to Housing and Residence Life regarding surveillance testing, nursing care, and quarantine and self isolation of campus residents. 

Bastian comes to Boise State with seven years in the fields of public health and infectious disease, in particular, infection prevention, infectious disease epidemiology, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, pandemic response and health education.

He previously served as infection preventionist with St. Luke’s Health System in Boise. In this role, he oversaw infection prevention activities in ambulatory outpatient clinic settings. His responsibilities included providing expertise and support to clinics, educating staff about policies and establishing best practices to reduce infectious disease transmission, performing epidemiological investigation, and problem-solving unique clinic challenges.

Bastian earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University – Idaho in international health and Mandarin Chinese and a master’s degree in public health, infectious disease epidemiology from the University of Arizona.

Born and raised in Boise, Bastian enjoys traveling abroad, hiking, camping and canyoneering, and spending time with his family.