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Cross Cutting : Epidemiology Methods
The Epidemiology Methods Subcommittee gives epidemiologists the opportunity to highlight why epidemiological methods are integral to public health. The subcommittee focuses on both providing methodological content and building capacity to better allow epidemiologists to practice their skills.

The subcommittee has begun a series of webinars, each of which focuses on a different topic pertinent to applied epidemiologists. These webinars allow us to listen to our colleagues talk about epidemiology methods in-depth so we can use them in our day-to-day work. For example, one webinar looked at analyzing public health data using census tract-level poverty. Another discussed data analysis in small jurisdictions. Continuing to learn new methods and improve our skills allows us to enhance public health. Our work was spotlighted in the July 24th CSTE Features Blog.

Going forward the subcommittee will take on projects related to improving how health departments function as a system in addition to professional development about epidemiology methods. In many settings, improving the organizational setting may be a necessary step that allows epidemiologists to practice the novel methods they learn from the webinars.

The subcommittee aims to:
  • Provide opportunities to learn, share and discuss basic and advanced epidemiology methods practiced at state, local, tribal and territorial health departments;
  • Disseminate best practices and novel epidemiology methods;
  • Build and maintain epidemiology capacity for individuals and institutions.
CSTE has often heard from leaders in epidemiology that we need to advocate for our role in the public health landscape, especially in an ever-tightening funding climate. The Epidemiology Methods Subcommittee can be a forum for us to improve our skills, promote the value of these skills to our partners, and advocate for the ability to use these methods to their fullest.
For more information about the Epidemiology Methods Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Jessica Pittman. Click here to view other Cross Cutting Steering Committee activities.
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