Public health continues to play a crucial role in preparing for and responding to disasters of all types. Understanding the human health impact of disasters is critical to developing evidence-based public health interventions to mitigate the consequences of future disasters.
The Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee brings together epidemiologists from across subject 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. It is critical to use epidemiologic principles, emergency preparedness planning, and a coordinated disaster response for describing the distribution of injuries, illnesses, and disabilities; rapidly detecting outbreaks or clusters; identifying and implementing timely interventions; evaluating the impacts of public health efforts; and improving public health preparedness planning.
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) convened the fourth annual National Disaster Epidemiology Workshop on May 8-9, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the 2013 workshop was “Partners in Disaster Response—Crosscutting Collaborations in Disaster Epidemiology.” The topics highlighted at this year's meeting included public health collaborations in disaster epidemiology, special issues in disaster epidemiology and preparedness (including legal issues, climate change, and mental health surveillance), improving mortality and morbidity surveillance during disasters (especially extreme weather events), and a panel presentation on the public health response to Super Storm Sandy.
This workshop was funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health.
For more information about the Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Jessica Wurster. Click here to view other environmental health activities or click here to view the Emergency Preparedness page..
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