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Overview

CSTE position statements represent the documentation and analysis of policy issues affecting public health and can cover any issue of importance to CSTE members. Position statements may take the form of general policy statements or call for placing health conditions under standardized surveillance. Position statements are submitted each spring and then discussed and voted on by the CSTE membership at the Annual Conference in June. Position statement authors must be active CSTE members, although associate members may be co-authors.

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Position statements must be submitted by an active CSTE member with the appropriate template and by the deadline. The submission deadline for ordinary process position statements is 10 weeks before the June business meeting. Templates for submitting position statements are posted on the CSTE position statement page early each calendar year. Templates for 2014 position statements and the timeline for the 2014 process are available below:
Please note the following changes to position statement templates:
  1. For all desired actions to be taken, whether an author is expanding upon a pre-existing action or adding a new action, each action should be explicitly measureable and as specific and objective as possible to help the CSTE National Office track position statement implementation.
  2. The template for Standardized Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated Diseases or Conditions through the National Healthcare Safety Network has been updated from the “Template for Placing a Healthcare-Associated Condition under National Surveillance through the National Healthcare Safety Network” used in past years. Changes include new options in Section III, Statement of Desired Actions to be Taken.

Authors seeking to update an existing standardized surveillance case definition should reference previous CSTE position statements for the condition and describe the proposed updates in the position statement. The template must be completed in its entirety for both updated and new case definitions. Final position statements should be able to "stand alone” and contain all current information required to implement surveillance for the disease or condition.

There are three mechanisms to submit a position statement for consideration by the CSTE membership and discussion at the CSTE Business Meeting: ordinary process, expedited handling, and presidential review. Please see the requirements for each and the 2014 submission timeline for more details.

Submission
Position statements should be submitted using the appropriate template. Updated templates with submission instructions are available via the links above.

Templates
The format for the three types of position statements is briefly described below.

Policy resolutions:
  1. Title
  2. Statement of the problem
  3. Statement of the desired action(s) to be taken
  4. Public health impact
Standardized surveillance for diseases or conditions:
  1. Title
  2. Statement of the problem
  3. Background and justification
  4. Statement of the desired action(s) to be taken
  5. Goals of surveillance
  6. Methods for surveillance
  7. Criteria for case identification
  8. Case definition for case classification
  9. Period of surveillance
  10. Data sharing/release and print criteria
Placing healthcare-associated diseases or conditions under national surveillance through the National Healthcare Safety Network:
  1. Title
  2. Statement of the problem
  3. Background and justification
  4. Statement of the desired action(s) to be taken
  5. Goals of surveillance
  6. Methods for surveillance
  7. Case and denominator definitions
  8. Proposed circumstances for national surveillance and reporting
  9. Narrative: Public health surveillance vision, proposed priorities, and strategy for future expansion or decrease in surveillance
  10. Data sharing/release and print criteria

Interim position statements
Urgent or time-sensitive issues that must be addressed between annual business meetings may be submitted as interim position statements. Interim position statements are approved by the CSTE Executive Board and immediately become official policy of CSTE until the next CSTE Business Meeting, when they must be ratified or they will become null. Interim position statements are posted to the CSTE website immediately after approval by the Executive Board.

Informal discussion webinars
Three webinars will take place before the annual conference (June 22-26th) to provide a forum for informal position statement discussion among CSTE members. The purpose of these webinars is to allow more time for members and position statement authors to interact and engage in discussions of selected position statements. Submitting authors will have a chance to give a brief 5-7 minute overview of their position statement, and others will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments.

The first will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 1:00-3:00pm ET. The second will take place on Thursday, June 12th at 2:00-4:00 pm ET. We have a third scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00-3:00 pm ET, to be used if necessary. Position statements to be discussed at this year’s annual conference will be posted on the CSTE website on June 5th, 2014. A detailed agenda with the order of position statement discussion will be sent out after the position statements are posted online.

Approval process
At the CSTE Annual Conference, all CSTE members are encouraged to attend the position statement discussions organized by CSTE Steering Committees, where each statement is presented by the author, discussed, and voted on. Dates and times of the Steering Committee discussions vary but are available in the yearly CSTE Annual Conference agenda.

Position statements approved by the Steering Committees are brought to the CSTE Business Meeting for final approval. This meeting occurs annually at the CSTE Annual Conference and typically occurs Thursday morning. At this meeting, representatives from state and territorial health agencies vote on the position statements. Each state and territory is given one vote.

After approval
Once approved, all position statements become CSTE policy and will be posted on the CSTE website . The submitting author will be responsible for tracking the position statement during the year following its adoption. By May 1 of the year following adoption of a position statement, the original submitter will be asked to report back to the CSTE Executive Board on the status and impact of the position statement. In addition, the CSTE National Office will follow up with agencies that have been contacted for information or response as listed on each position statement.
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