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, Tribal, 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 Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee 2015-2016 Strategic Plan outlines the subcommittee’s major projects and goals for 2015-2016.
Since 2010, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has hosted an annual workshop on disaster epidemiology that brings together partners in public health from academic institutions, national non-profit organizations, governmental organizations at the national, tribal, state and local levels to learn about recent advancements in disaster epidemiology and explore opportunities for new partnerships to improve the public response to emergencies.
CSTE will convene the sixth annual National Disaster Epidemiology Workshop on May 13-14, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the workshop is “Stronger Together: Building Partnerships and Moving Disaster Epidemiology Forward.” The topics highlighted at this year's meeting will include Ebola, surveillance, disaster research, recent events, and disaster epidemiology partnerships. The goals of this workshop are to 1) provide relevant and timely learning opportunities for epidemiologists, public health emergency preparedness coordinators, emergency managers and academia in disaster epidemiology, and 2) provide opportunities for attendees to network and build partnerships with 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. This workshop is 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.