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New Disaster Epidemiology Framework Published

Posted By Jessica Wurster, Friday, May 8, 2015
Updated: Friday, May 8, 2015
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With every natural or man-made disaster, there is a need for health data to make decisions, to allocate resources, and to provide situational awareness on the health of the affected community. Once integrated into the disaster management cycle, disaster epidemiology can provide the evidence base to inform and enhance response capability within the public health infrastructure. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health (CDC/NCEH) has created a framework for the inclusion of disaster epidemiology in the disaster management cycle. The framework has recently been published in the American Journal of Public Health1 to assist practitioners at all levels in planning for and responding to emergencies.

Disaster epidemiology actions and the disaster management cycle
The framework includes methods such as rapid needs assessments, health surveillance, tracking and registries, and epidemiological investigations (such as risk factor analyses, health outcome studies and evaluations of interventions). These tools and methods can be practiced throughout the disaster management cycle and can provide actionable information for planners and decision-makers responsible for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. “Disaster epidemiology” (applied epidemiology for disaster settings) is being integrated into the public health response to disasters, and is providing the evidence base to inform and enhance response capability from the local to state and national levels of emergency response.
We invite you to read about this new framework, consider how your organization may integrate epidemiological methods into your disaster response efforts, and give us feedback if you have suggestions or tips on how to help partners collaborate on disaster epidemiology.
To access the article, please click here:

The Role of Applied Epidemiology Methods in the Disaster Management Cycle.
Josephine Malilay et al. Am J Public Health. 2014;
104:2092–2102. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302010

The article was written by Josephine Malilay, PhD, MPH, Michael Heumann, MPH, MA, Dennis Perrotta, PhD, Amy F. Wolkin, DrPH, MSPH, Amy H. Schnall, MPH, Michelle N. Podgornik, MPH, Miguel A. Cruz, MPH, Jennifer A. Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, David Zane, MS, Rachel Roisman, MD, MPH, Joel R. Greenspan, MD, MPH, Doug Thoroughman, PhD, MS, Henry A. Anderson, MD, Eden V. Wells, MD, MPH, and Erin F. Simms, MPH.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the CSTE Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee, please contact Jessica Wurster.

Jessica Wurster, MPH is an associate research analyst at the CSTE national office. To learn more, visit CSTE’s Disaster Epidemiology page.

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