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Strike a Chord at the 2014 CSTE Annual Conference

Posted By Tim Jones, Thursday, June 19, 2014
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I am excited to welcome ‘y'all' to Nashville, Tennessee! In addition to taking advantage of a full and exciting conference agenda, I hope everyone takes time to enjoy the great setting of this year's meeting and the best of Nashville's attractions.

This year, our conference includes speakers, presentations, and discussions on a huge variety of topics, covering the full range of applied epidemiology under our theme, “Strike a Chord: Epi with Impact.” The CSTE Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to see colleagues and meet new ones from around the country, those within your program area and beyond. I encourage you to take advantage of professional development and learning opportunities outside your own “silos” to explore aspects of our field with which you may be less familiar.
New things going on at the conference this year include:
  • Poster rounds: This pilot program gives attendees a way to engage with poster presentations more actively. Moderators will lead poster round sessions, modeled after IDSA, to guide discussion and engage both attendees and presenters.
    (Infectious disease, Occupational health, and Surveillance/Informatics Monday at 12:30 pm; Chronic disease/MCH/Oral health and Environmental health Tuesday at 12:30 pm)
  • Informatics fellowship graduation: In addition to the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship graduation ceremony at the Connections Reception, our Applied Public Health Informatics Fellows will also graduate this year!
    (Connections reception Sunday at 6 pm; tickets required)
  • Rapid fire sessions: New breakout sessions this year allow for more presentations and accepted abstracts. As the name suggests, these presentations move quickly and give attendees the opportunity to hear a greater breadth of topics.
    (Chronic disease/MCH/Oral health Tuesday at 10:30 am; Infectious disease Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 am)
  • Deadly Outbreaks book signing and roundtable: Hear from author Alexandra Levitt and book contributors about the outbreak investigations featured in the book and get your copy autographed.
    (Book signing Sunday at 5:30 pm; Roundtable Monday at 1 pm)
Focus on informatics capacity development:
I’m very enthusiastic about the attention informatics has received recently. Thanks to CSTE’s efforts, including many of you, CDC has embraced the call for increased informatics capacity at CDC and in state and local jurisdictions. The Informatics Training In Place Program (ITIPP), the CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP), and the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship are all examples of increasing efforts to meet this important need.
The Annual Conference will feature lots of sessions and discussions about informatics, including topics such as increasing data quality, Meaningful Use, ELR, and more.
Thank you to the Planning Committee, the Executive Board, the Bylaws Committee, and National Office staff for your work to drive this year’s conference to be another successful one.
And thank you to all of the attendees, presenters, and moderators for making our conference vibrant!
Don’t forget your name badge, mobile device (so you can download the conference app!), or your dancing shoes for a great conference in Nashville next week. I trust that you will enjoy networking, professional development, and contributing to important initiatives, and all leave feeling enthusiastic about CSTE and the future of applied epidemiology.
Tim Jones, MD
CSTE President

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