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Information is Power: Inform Your Strategic Decisions with New Capacity Reports

Posted By Meredith Lichtenstein, Becky Lampkins, and Erin Simms, Monday, December 8, 2014
CSTE is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) core report! The 2013 ECA report represents the most complete and comprehensive national data on epidemiology workforce needs. Data from the most recent assessment have already been shared as Congressional hearing testimony in support of greater targeted funding for capacity development. Your health department will benefit from the report’s insightful recommendations to address capacity gaps.
This report is a culmination of efforts that began in July 2012 with an ECA workgroup that reviewed and revised the core ECA tool, followed by your hard work in the completion of the multiple sections of the ECA. The national office performed data analysis with direction from our lead ECA consultant, Dr. Jim Hadler. We hope that the 2013 ECA results will help illuminate the status of state epidemiology efforts and assist our member states with targeting improvements in epidemiology capacity within their health departments.
Please click here to view the core ECA report from the 2013 National Assessment of Epidemiology Capacity: Findings and Recommendations.
Some features of the report include:
  • Trends in the number of epidemiologists nationwide and by state population size groupings;
  • Trends in epidemiology capacity within each of the 10 assessed program areas;
  • Salary ranges for various levels of epidemiologists;
  • Gaps in program- and Essential Public Health Service-specific capacity that still exist;
  • And recommendations for CSTE and health departments moving forward.
Members voiced opinions, we listened! We know how much time is required to complete the ECA and while this core report is very detailed and comprehensive, it may not be the most efficient tool for leveraging policy or hiring decisions with your executive leadership. To better serve member needs, the CSTE national office is developing individual state core profiles that will compare your specific state to the nation as a whole, as well as to groupings of similar states for certain key ECA questions. These reports will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Environmental Health ECA report. In addition to the core report, CSTE is announcing the release of the 2013 Environmental Health ECA report, produced by the CSTE Environmental Health Subcommittee and the CSTE national office. The report addresses: (1) environmental health epidemiology capacity and activities, (2) data access and support, (3) data collection and dissemination, (4) organizational structure and capacity and (5) collaborations with internal and external partners and participation in national workgroups/meetings.
Please click here to view the 2013 Environmental Health Epidemiologic Capacity Assessment of State and Territorial Health Departments.
Thank you again for your participation in the 2013 ECA efforts and please stay tuned for the core state profiles and the release of the CSTE Epidemiology Capacity Assessment Report: Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health, and Oral Health module-specific ECA report. For results from previous ECA, please visit the CSTE website.
Meredith Lichtenstein, MPH is the senior associate research analyst and Becky Lampkins, MPH is the associate research analysts in surveillance and informatics at the CSTE national office. Erin Simms, MPH is the CSTE associate research analyst in environmental health. For more information on the ECA, visit the ECA webpage and the environmental health page.

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