2019 CSTE Annual Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina

June 2 – 6

Thank you to those that attended this year’s annual conference in Raleigh. Please save the date for the 2020 CSTE Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, June 28 – July 2. More information on the 2020 conference will be coming soon.




The CSTE Annual Conference connects more than 1,700 public health epidemiologists from across the country and will include workshops, plenary sessions with leaders in the field of public health, oral breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. Conference attendees meet and share their expertise in surveillance and epidemiology as well as best practices in a broad range of areas including informatics, infectious diseases, substance use, immunizations, environmental health, occupational health, chronic disease, injury control, and maternal and child health. During the conference, CSTE members vote on position statements, which instigate nationwide policy change and create new initiatives. Take this opportunity to meet, build relationships, and network with your professional colleagues and peers.

The conference website will be updated on an ongoing basis, so check back often for new information.

Important Dates

11/1/18 Open: Call for Abstracts
1/7/19 Deadline: Call for Abstracts
2/1/19 Open: Registration and Hotel Accommodations
3/7/19 Deadline: Ordinary Process Position Statements
3/20/19 Invitations Sent: Presenting Authors
3/25/19 Open: Call for Late-Breaker Abstracts
3/31/19 Deadline: Sponsor/Exhibitor Commitment
4/5/19 Deadline: Call for Late-Breaker Abstracts
4/24/19 Invitations Sent: Late-Breaker Presenting Authors
5/1/19 Deadline: Early-Bird Registration
5/1/19 Deadline: Presenter and Moderator Invitation Response
5/24/19 Deadline: Presentation Upload



Committee Tracks

Why Attend?

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

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. 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. In recent years, packed sessions on Zika and public health advocacy have provided applied epis from around the world with the most current information on the issues of the day.

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.

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.

2019 Annual Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina
June 2 – 6

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