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Below are just a few of CSTE’s recent significant accomplishments not possible without support from and participation by our members:
  • Workforce:
    • Supported Fellows through the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship to build capacity at state and local public health agencies
    • Hosted the 3rd Workforce Summit to address improving the capacity of the epidemiology workforce and to identify the new skills and knowledge needed and ways to promote their application
    • Co-sponsored 3 regional epidemiology meetings
  • Surveillance:
    • Hosted a National Surveillance Workshop to bring together national leaders in public health surveillance to begin updating the strategic vision for public health surveillance that addresses needs at the local, state, territorial, and federal levels
    • Updated the 1995 Blueprint for a National Public Health Surveillance for the 21st Century
    • Updated the State Reportable Query-Results Webpage, State Reportable web links, Nationally Notifiable Conditions position statements, and the list of Nationally Notifiable Conditions
    • Participated in BioSense 2.0 redesign efforts
    • Participated in the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce (JPHIT)
  • Policy:
    • Worked with other public health organizations to reinstate and secure funding increases for public health programs through appropriations bills
    • Drafted public health priorities and coordinated visits with Congressional representatives and OMB for Executive Board and Policy Committee members
    • Authored and introduced position statements to influence national policy and standards around epidemiology and surveillance
  • Completed national assessments on key public health issues including:
    • 2010 Epidemiology Enumeration Assessment
    • Chronic Disease Surveillance Activities using E-Health Information
    • CSTE /CDC ELR Taskforce Assessment of State ELR-Related Legal Issues
    • HIV Capacity Assessment to better describe the current resources, needs, infrastructure, and practices of U.S. HIV surveillance programs
    • State Reportable Conditions Assessment (SRCA)
  • Chronic Disease/ Maternal and Child Health/ Oral Health:
    • Distributed the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Capacity State-Based Profiles
    • Provided funding to three states to perform data linkages for cardiovascular disease
  • Cross Cutting:
    • Continued support of the Disparities Subcommittee to use epidemiology to document health disparities and to provide quality data documenting health disparities to policy makers and collaborators
    • Supported three states to participate in the Novel H1N1 Death Case-Control Study of AI/AN populations
  • Environmental Health/ Occupational Health/ Injury:
    • Convened the 2011 Western States Occupational Network (WestON) meeting in collaboration with NIOSH to support minimum capacity for the surveillance of work-related injuries and illnesses at the state level
    • Developed and disseminated standardized climate change indicators
    • Convened a disaster epidemiology workshop to bring together epidemiologists from across disciplines to share best practices and collaborate on epidemiologic approaches towards improving all-hazard disaster preparedness and response capacities at local, state, regional, and national levels
  • Infectious Disease:
    • Increased influenza pandemic preparedness by awarding 12 states and large cities funding to conduct Influenza Incidence Surveillance Pilots
    • Funded 4 sites to evaluate novel or enhanced approaches to influenza surveillance to characterize the burden of influenza hospitalization in the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Pilot
    • Provided grants to states and large urban areas for training state employees on the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and accompanying Toolkit
    • Strengthened the surveillance and response to zoonotic diseases through targeted efforts and partnership with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV)
    • Provided input on Meaningful Use for Healthcare-Associated Infections
    • Enhance HIV Surveillance Coordinators’ skills through peer-to-peer consultations, SAS training, and GIS training
    • Participated in international consultations supporting influenza surveillance and global health initiatives in Morocco, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and other countries
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