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CSTE Welcomes Largest Class of CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellows

Posted By Valerie Goodson and Amanda Masters, Friday, September 25, 2015
Updated: Friday, September 25, 2015

CSTE is pleased to announce the onboarding of Class XIII, featuring a record-breaking class of 35 fellows. Beginning in 2003, the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship has focused on providing a high-quality training experience. Growing steadily from 10 fellows in Class I to approximately 30 fellows each year since 2009, CSTE’s goal of placing fellows in local and state health departments under the guidance of two experienced mentors has helped to develop the careers of over 300 epidemiologists. The 35 fellows placed in 30 different jurisdictions is exciting news for the organization’s staff, partners and funders.

On August 31, 2015, CSTE welcomed the 35 epidemiologists to Atlanta, GA for a week-long training geared toward preparing them for the next two years and a future career in epidemiology. The training featured sessions delivered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on surveillance, effective communication strategies, Epi Info software, cultural competency, and questionnaire design. Fellows had an opportunity to network with local program alumni and visited with their subject-area-specific colleagues during a half-day visit. Special sessions taught by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) gave fellows the opportunity to learn more about how challenges in one area link to others.

The subject areas fellows are placed in include: Behavioral Health (4), Environmental Health (3), Environmental Health – Waterborne Diseases (3), Infectious Diseases (8), Infectious Diseases – Food Safety (1), Infectious Diseases – Healthcare Associated Infections (9), Infectious Diseases – Quarantine (1), Injury – Drug Overdose (2), and Maternal and Child Health (4). While at their various health departments, fellows will have opportunities to participate in a surveillance system evaluation, a major project, and an outbreak, preparedness and response, and general surveillance activities.
A few projects expected during the next two years are:
  • Evaluation of Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae surveillance in Los Angeles County, 2010-2012, Chelsea Foo, MPH
  • Regional Antibiograms for the state of Alaska, Anna Frick, MPH
  • Assessing the impact of rural/urban designation on alcohol outlet density in New Mexico, Naomi Greene, MPH
  • Adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes across the life course in Maine, Emily Morian-Lozano, MPH, MSW
  • Identifying and prioritizing population health metrics for the Colorado state Innovation Model , Allison Rosenthal, MPH
  • Prescription opioid medications taken while pregnant and the outcome of neonatal abstinence syndrome among offspring, a retrospective cohort analysis in Tennessee, 2013-2014, Elizabeth Thomas, MPH
  • Healthcare system use before and after a drug-related poisoning using Minnesota’s all-payer claims database, Nate Wright, MPH
  • Kansas prescription drug overdose surveillance system plan, Fan Xiong, MPH
  • Impacts of harmful algal blooms on the health of Ohio’s most vulnerable populations, Amanda Zabala, MPH
With a mission to meet the nation's ongoing need for applied epidemiology workforce capacity in state and local health departments through a national fellowship-training program, CSTE looks forward to working with and watching this new group of fellows grow into confident epidemiologists.
Valerie Goodson is Workforce and Fellowship Coordinator and Amanda Masters is Director of Workforce Development at CSTE. The 2015-2016 CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship host-site application is now open and the candidate application will launch October 20, 2015. For more information about the fellowship program, please visit http://www.cste.org/?page=Fellowship.

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