CSTE’s Infectious Disease Steering Committee and its subcommittees are among the largest and most active groups within the organization. The CSTE Infectious Disease Steering Committee is home to several disease-specific subcommittees that meet regularly to discuss matters of importance, to update and/or create position statements for discussion at the CSTE Annual Conference, and to develop databases of information for various infectious diseases. The infectious disease subcommittees address issues related to enteric and foodborne diseases, healthcare associated infections (HAIs), HIV, STDs, influenza, immunization and vaccine preventable diseases, hepatitis, waterborne disease, and vectorborne and zoonotic diseases. Infectious disease subcommittee members also work collaboratively with other CSTE program areas (e.g., the Surveillance/Informatics Steering Committee) to facilitate the identification, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
In alignment with their respective state, local, and territorial health departments, CSTE members collaborate with federal public health programs (e.g., CDC, FDA, and USDA) and partner organizations (e.g., APHL, ASTHO, NACCHO, and NASTAD) to support projects related to infectious disease epidemiology. CSTE’s Infectious Disease Steering Committee participates in the annual process of developing and revising CSTE position statements related to case definitions for infectious diseases as well as updating the list of Nationally Notifiable Diseases.
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