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CSTE Welcomes 15th Class of Applied Epidemiology Fellows

Posted By Kiara Maddox, MPH, CSTE Workforce & Fellowship Coordinator, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017
CSTE is excited to welcome the 15th class of the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) program with 25 new fellows.


Pictured: Class 15 AEF Fellows at Orientation in Atlanta (Photo credit: Robin Gaucher)

CSTE recently hosted the new fellows in Atlanta for a week-long orientation. The agenda featured faculty from CDC, CSTE, as well as current and former Applied Epidemiology Fellows. Topics included public health surveillance, outbreak investigations, use of data visualization, public health law, scientific writing, and hot topic sessions in HAI and opioids/substance use. Fellows also had the opportunity to network with their peers, fellow alumni, as well as CSTE and CDC staff working in their subject area.


Pictured: John Anderton, CDC Acting Associate Director for Communications Science, presents on Health Communications (photo credit: Matt Cone).

Fellows’ subject areas of placement this year include behavioral health, chronic disease, environmental health, infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections, maternal and child health, infectious disease-quarantine, substance use, and a new area of infectious diseases with a Zika focus. At their host sites, fellows will work on surveillance systems and tools, conduct case investigations, build their communication skills, and participate in training, research and field activities designed to build their epidemiologic capacity.

Some expected projects of the fellows include:

  • Evaluation of the current surveillance system for coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) in Washington State, Mackenzie Fuller, MPH
  • Evaluating the identification and reporting of migrant workers among New York City’s TB population, Carley Perez, MPH
  • Critical evaluation of CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) surveillance program in Pennsylvania, Christina Butler, DVM, MPH
  • STD surveillance data for descriptive and analytical epidemiology, Kiara Diggins-Parker, MPH
  • Enhanced surveillance for Zika virus vectors, Stephanie McCracken, MPH
  • Evaluate the potential usefulness and validity of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Abby Hagemeyer, PhD, MPH
  • National Healthcare Safety Network catheter-associated urinary tract infection data validation, Lee Hundley, MPH
  • Evaluation of school- and home-based asthma programs, Grace Christensen, MPH

Since 2003, the CSTE AEF program’s mission has been to provide training and real-world experience to epidemiologists early in their careers. Since its beginning, 295 fellows have completed the program, and CSTE has placed fellows in 41 states and 19 local jurisdictions.

Congratulations to the new fellows!


If you are interested in hosting an AEF fellow at your agency in 2018 visit www.cstefellows.org for more information or email aef@cste.org. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2017.

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