Defining and measuring public health epidemiology capacity (DEC) is a priority for CSTE. To begin defining epidemiology capacity, CSTE and CDC convened an expert panel of individuals representing epidemiologists and experts in workforce capacity to create a model for evaluating the number of epidemiologists in each program area (e.g., chronic disease, maternal and child health, and environmental health) that are needed in health departments of varying sizes and health needs. The panel made recommendations for developing an epidemiology capacity measurement instrument and implementing the instrument at the state and local levels.
In working to develop a conceptual model for epidemiology capacity, the expert panel reviewed existing workforce capacity models. They also worked to identify what data are needed from the Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) to inform the model in order to define epidemiology capacity. Building epidemiology capacity remains a high priority for CSTE, and along with CDC, CSTE will continue the efforts of refining and measuring capacity.
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