General Information

     
 

 

Events

Fellowship Graduation Ceremony (Sunday, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.) is open to all attendees. During the event, CSTE will recognize the work of our fellowship programs. The reception is Sunday evening, June 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP is required at registration to attend.

Opening Reception (Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) is open to all attendees and is an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues. Join us Monday evening, June 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where attendees will enjoy a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP is required at registration and no later than Friday, May 26, 2017 to attend. Guests registered for the conference may attend the reception or a guest fee for admission applies.

Annual 5K Group Walk/Run – (Tuesday, 6:30 a.m.) is open to all attendees on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 a.m. This is open to runners and walkers of all abilities. There is no fee for the event, but we do ask for confirmation of attendance at registration for further direct communications and details. T-shirts are available for purchase through conference registration only with limited sizes available after early-bird registration. A map of the route will be provided on the conference website. The goal is for attendees to enjoy themselves while getting a little bit of exercise!

CSTE President’s Banquet (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.) is a casual dinner on Tuesday evening, June 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a lecture in memory of Dr. Jonathan Mann and an awards ceremony to honor members. This is a fee event and admission is not included with conference registration. Dinner is served during the banquet with entrée selections limited to those chosen by CSTE; no substitutions are available. We encourage attendees to purchase tickets early as the event always SELLS OUT. Business attire please.

The Jonathan M. Mann Memorial Lecture is made possible annually by the CDC Foundation with proceeds from a generous grant provided by The Hoffman Family Foundation of Dallas, Texas. In 1999, the lecture was established to honor Dr. Jonathan Mann, who lost his life in the Swissair plane crash off Nova Scotia in 1998. Dr. Mann was an accomplished state epidemiologist who was called the “architect of the global mobilization against AIDS” for his role as the founding director of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on AIDS.


 

Onsite

Activity Posting Center
A bulletin board will be located inside the Networking Hall for attendees to post flyers, job openings, messages or special events.

Attendee Conduct
All attendees are expected to be respectful and professional to CSTE staff, presenting authors, moderators and other attendees throughout the conference, even during breaks and receptions. CSTE reserves the right to ask an attendee and/or their guests to leave the conference immediately should they be deemed rude, uncooperative, unprofessional or intoxicated. In such cases, the attendee’s registration fees will not be reimbursed under any circumstances.

For the consideration of all attendees, please turn all electronic communication devices to vibrate or off and refrain from texting during the sessions. If you must leave a meeting room during a presentation, do so with limited interruption to other attendees.

Business Office
Sunday – Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CSTE will provide an onsite business office for registered attendees inside the Networking Hall. Computers are also available for attendees to check email. Fees may apply for photocopy and fax services, except for position statements.

Computers stations are available in the business office for presenting authors to upload or update their presentation no later than 24 hours prior to the start of their session

Position statement authors may view, edit and print proposed position statements. The office will be available for extended hours on Wednesday for position statement authors.

Food & Beverage
Coffee and tea service is available at breakfast and the morning break. Light snacks and beverage service is available at the afternoon break. Lunch is not provided by CSTE. Lunch time roundtable sessions begin at 1 p.m. so attendees have time for lunch prior to the meeting. Any reception with food is intended to be light hors d’oeuvres and not a meal substitute.

CSTE will make every effort to provide healthy food alternatives during the afternoon break. Due to the large number of attendees, substitutions to the standard conference menu may not be possible. Please make alternative arrangements if you have severe food allergies or very specific dietary restrictions, as our food and beverage options may not meet your needs.

A list of restaurant options in the area will be available at the host city ambassador desk in the convention center or from your hotel concierge.

Lactation Room
CSTE will provide a lactation room in the Boise Centre. The room may be accessed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday. The room will not be locked and does not have a refrigerator available. Please see the final agenda for location information. If the room needs attention, please see the registration desk.

Lost & Found
Items accidently left in meeting rooms may be turned in at the CSTE Registration Desk. Any items not retrieved by the close of registration each day will be turned over to the convention center security.

Networking Hall
The conference Networking Hall will feature sponsors, poster presentations, beverage and snack service and networking areas. Please take time during the conference to visit the Networking Hall.

Networking Hall Hours:
Sunday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – Noon

Photography Disclosure
By participating in this conference, uploading photographs to social media with the hashtag #CSTE2017, or uploading photographs to the CSTE conference app, you grant CSTE the right to take and distribute photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of events and activities for use in CSTE print and digital materials. If you have any photos you’d like to share, please submit them to Jeremy Arieh at jarieh@cste.org.

State Caucus
A limited number of meeting rooms are provided for state delegations to meet as groups to discuss issues related to Position Statements and other business that helps inform the voting Council member for the state on their views about agenda items that will be discussed and voted on at the CSTE Business Meeting. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by the State Epidemiologist or Deputy State Epidemiologist. Please contact Shundra Clinton at sclinton@cste.org to reserve a room prior to the conference, or see a member of the National Office Staff at the registration desk onsite. Once the rooms are reserved, delegations will have options of using public areas throughout the facility for group meetings.


 

Press Pass Guidelines

Only professional members of the press qualify for complimentary registration. That determination will be made solely by CSTE, and at its discretion, reserves the right to offer or restrict press passes on a case-by-case basis. Press passes are available to editorial staff writers employed by a trade publication, mainstream media outlet (newspaper, radio, TV, etc.), or online magazines. Freelances writers, contributing editors, or bloggers may request press passes if covered for a specific publication or topic-related article. Current CSTE Members are not eligible for a press pass.

Members of the press who are working with complimentary credentials are prohibited from soliciting business from sponsors, speakers or attendees. Press attendees are only allowed to attend the main conference days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will not be allowed to attend member-only sessions, roundtable sessions or the Networking Hall.

During the conference, press must identify themselves at all times. Press attendees must visibly wear their press badge as well as the CSTE name badge with press ribbon. During sessions, press attendees shall introduce themselves and their reporting publication or affiliation before asking their question.

After the conference, electronic copies of published articles must be submitted within 30 days to the CSTE Communications Director, Jeremy Arieh at jarieh@cste.org

 
Press pass requests must be accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s press badge and one of the following:
  • An industry related article from the applicant’s publication written by the applicant and published within the last three months
  • A link to the applicant’s online publication with the applicant’s name and title appearing in an editorial capacity and an industry related article written by the applicant from the applicant’s publication and published within the last three months
  • A letter from an editor or publisher stating that the applicant is covering the CSTE Annual Conference on an assignment
To request a press pass, contact Jeremy Arieh at jarieh@cste.org no later than May 26.
 

 

Attendees

Why Attend?
The CSTE Annual Conference is the largest annual gathering of applied epidemiologists in the nation. The conference is a time-effective way to stay aware of and share the most important overarching and sector-specific issues of modern public health. The 1,400 attendees in 2015 made invaluable connections and exchanged information throughout more than 700 presentations over 4 days.

Your participation matters to your health department, your own professional growth, and the national public health community.

For Your Health Department

Bring Ideas Home. The conference provides a forum for information sharing that enables you to discover and adopt new research on best practices and case-proven approaches. You can learn about new technologies, software, and services to improve common activities.

Advocate for your jurisdiction’s needs. Make sure your health department’s challenges and successes are communicated. Find solutions among the hundreds of state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments in attendance. Ensure that your jurisdiction’s needs are known to federal agencies and remain at the forefront of the national dialogue.

Network. Meet new professional counterparts for future collaborations or information sharing. New perspectives and partnerships can help your team overcome professional challenges. Gain insights from other experts in your specialization to push your health department’s capacity to new levels.

For Yourself

Build your capacity. Workshops and sessions offer tips and top strategies to help you build your methodological skills and master the most cutting-edge techniques. Take free tools, toolkits, and resources to enhance your current activities.

Engage your expertise. Studying the specialized epidemiologic activities of leading colleagues across the nation is a great way to improve your own work. Voicing your own perspective and discussing your projects enriches the dialogue.

Let your voice be heard. When discussing the complexities of epidemiology, CSTE’s monthly and weekly calls have time limits and social reciprocation constraints. The Annual Conference provides a more natural, open, and participative forum for delving more deeply into important topics. Position statements discussions allow states and territories to delve into case-specific details for a more complete dialogue. During last year’s conference, jam-packed sessions on Ebola policy allowed states and territories to process and discuss the previous year of work.

For the National Public Health Community

Every perspective matters. A striking number of consequential decisions are made in the short time span of the Annual Conference. Key to these highly productive and effectual developments is the active presence of representatives from all states, territories, and localities as well as CDC and partner organizations. These discussions strengthen federal-state, state-local, and state-state relations. Everyone stands to gain from the energetic rapid-fire discourse pervading the CSTE Annual Conference.

Federal agencies actively participate. CDC and other federal agencies seek out state solutions to common professional challenges, calibrating their own processes to address and accommodate the ever-changing realities of the field. CDC routinely uses emerging issues from the Annual Conference to inform grant and cooperative agreement priorities. In some cases, ad hoc meetings take place, initiating federal action for major emerging initiatives. When enough states are able to contribute, federal agencies can expedite funding processes.

Position statements make waves. Successful position statements become widely adopted practices, definitions, and initiatives, often effecting massive and enduring changes across the national public health landscape. New subcommittees, such as CSTE’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Subcommittee, and taskforces, such the Antibiotic Resistance Taskforce, often arise out of the process. Read more about recent position statements and their impacts.

Priority areas emerge. Be part of the discussions that identify which national issues, diseases, and systems will be CSTE’s focus activities in the coming year and years to come. New groups, such as the new Hepatitis C Subcommittee and the Drug Diversion Workgroup, are often born out of these critical discussions. Issues, such as advanced molecular detection and culture independent diagnostic testing, identified in recent years, yield important partnerships and discussions in public health at large.

Major work is accomplished. Productive discussions help establish 12-month workplans for many subcommittees. Partner organizations, which are not normally afforded the opportunity, can sit down at one table with productive results. Major projects–such as the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response Toolkits, HAI DAPS Toolkit, and STD Outbreak Detection Toolkit–are created and distributed. Relatedly, new technologies, such as a new surveillance system for pediatric influenza, have emerged from conference meetings. A variety of publications are also penned within the collaborative atmosphere of the conference.