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American Indian Alaska Native

The conference workshop, Tribal Epidemiology: Surveillance Priorities, Data Sharing, and Partnership, invites public health practitioners working with American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) populations to participate. This workshop will discuss data needs and surveillance priorities for AIAN. Presenters will share their experience and lessons learned from both infectious diseases and non-infectious disease projects. Participants can expect to engage in discussion and activities to enhance their understanding of best practices, challenges, and available resources for AIAN collaborations.

Chronic Disease, Maternal Child Health and Oral Health

This workshop will host a data visualization training for Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health and Oral Health Epidemiologists. Attend this workshop to learn applicable tools and skills to get your point heard and improve audience information retention. This workshop will also include an opportunity to discuss peer-to-peer learning and collaboration based on priorities identified by subcommittee members and co-chairs.


  • Understand how different audiences think and remember information
  • Increase retention of information from presentations
  • Tailor messages to help stakeholders remember key points (e.g. policy makers, scientific audience, general public)
  • Develop skill sets to make data aesthetically pleasing, easy to understand, and memorable
  • Learn the language of communications departments, in order to bridge the gap between epidemiologists and public information/communication officers
  • Learn how to change the presentation of information based on the medium (e.g. print, website, press release, social media, presentations)
  • Connect with peers to discuss subcommittee priorities, learn best practices, and identify areas for collaboration
Enteric Diseases

This workshop will focus on lessons learned, from state and national perspectives, since the full implementation of WGS. The purpose of this workshop is to engage in meaningful discussions surrounding the changes in foodborne, waterborne and environmental surveillance and outbreak investigations. Presenters and attendees will include CSTE members, enteric diseases subcommittee leadership, members of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) and CDC representatives from the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED).

Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

The Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop: Cross Train to Gain Program Advantage is geared toward HAI/AR Program Coordinators, Directors, AR Experts, State and Regional Lab staff, and additional state and local health department staff engaged in HAI/AR prevention and response activities. The workshop discussions will address the needs for health department leadership and state and local collaboration to: make effective use of HAI/AR surveillance data; drive prevention efforts towards national goals; contain AR threats and respond to outbreaks; and promote antibiotic stewardship (AS) to ensure safety, quality, and value in healthcare delivery systems.

Hepatitis C Surveillance

Using Local Data and Geospatial Analysis to Inform Prevention and Elimination


CSTE, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be hosting an Influenza Surveillance Coordinators Workshop on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in conjunction with the CSTE Annual Conference. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for jurisdictions and CDC to discuss current themes in influenza surveillance and to strengthen relationships and cooperation between influenza programs from health departments around the country. Invited participants include Influenza Surveillance Coordinators from state, territorial, and large local health departments. Participants will also include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This workshop is open to all registered attendees.

Legionnaires' Disease and Environmental Health

This Legionnaires’ Disease and Environmental Health workshop is a collaboration between epidemiologists who work with Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks and those who work in environmental health. The workshop is targeted toward public health surveillance epidemiologists, environmental health epidemiologists, drinking water staff, laboratory staff, healthcare licensing and investigations staff, and healthcare-associated infections staff who investigate legionellosis clusters, outbreak, and healthcare associated cases. This interactive session will help inform best practices for legionellosis outbreak response. Health departments will share their experiences and lessons learned during legionellosis clusters, outbreaks, and investigations through brief presentations and group discussions. The workshop will also highlight some of the key elements of the CSTE Legionnaires’ disease Risk Communication Toolkit for state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments.

Occupational Health Surveillance

The CSTE 2020 Occupational Health Workshop will focus on highlighting risk factors in occupational health and safety. The objective of the workshop will be to address rising risk factors regionally and nationally in the workplace, and to explore how increased and improved occupational health surveillance can work to reduce the impact of occupational risks.

REDCap Training Workshop

This full day workshop, “REDCap Training Workshop: A hands on training for developing and maintaining REDCap projects,” will provide learning opportunities and hands on practical experience with developing projects in REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture, https://www/ This training is for those who would like an overview of REDCap functionalities as well as some hands-on practice building a project. In the training you will learn how to:

  1. Build a simple project
  2. Enhance your project with branching, action tags, calculations, and HTML
  3. Manage your users and your data
  4. Use REDCap applications such as Data Exports and Reports
  5. Use basic survey functionality

To participate in this training, you must bring your own laptop and charger. Additionally, before CSTE, you will receive an email to create an account for the training environment.

Target Audience: Epidemiologists, informaticians, data analysts, anyone interested in web-based data collection, REDCap beginners.

State Epi Forum

The State Epi Forum (invite only) will be an afternoon convocation and workshop on Sunday June 28, 2020 in response to feedback we have received to provide more opportunities for State Epidemiologists to convene and discuss priority issues early in the Annual Conference. Participation is limited to the State Epidemiologist from each jurisdiction along with the CSTE Executive Board. This year’s workshop will include a networking lunch (provided), discussion on the proposed CSTE Executive Board governance changes, and other high priority topics.

Substance Use and Mental Health

This half-day morning workshop will allow participants to engage in meaningful discussions with panel members and peers about the complexities of acquiring and analyzing data in substance use and mental health surveillance. Legal counsel will provide an overview and interpretation of 42 CFR Part 2 and its impact. The workshop will also highlight the intersections between mental health surveillance and public health practice.

Surveillance/ Informatics

This full day workshop, “Surveillance/ Informatics: Cross-training to modernize how we do what we do”, will provide learning opportunities and small group dialogue around policies, practices and partnerships to modernize data collection, access, and security.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Provide robust discussion around legal barriers and opportunities for sharing public health data.
  • Provide examples and use cases for leveraging academic and private sector partnerships to achieve public health data modernization goals.
  • Facilitate peer to peer learning and discussion across organizational and disciplinary boundaries.
  • Identify current and evolving workforce needs to enhance public health’s ability to access relevant data and use it meaningfully.

Specific aims include providing opportunity to discuss:

  • Legal issues, barriers, and facilitators for sharing public health data with non-public health agencies and entities.
  • Technical solutions to facilitate appropriate data access by partners at the right time, in the right place, and in a digestible format.
  • Leveraging academic and private sector partnerships to enhance capacity and achieve public health goals.
  • Current workforce development efforts and workforce needs in CDC and health departments to support data modernization efforts.

Target Audience: Epidemiologists, informaticians, data analysts, data scientists, public health leadership, public health associations, and public health partners

Vector-borne Diseases

This workshop will highlight a range of vectors and vector-borne diseases. There will be a series of presentations on vector ecology, surveillance, and emerging VBD issues. The final list of speakers/topics will be made when we have the draft agenda for the CSTE conference to ensure the workshop complements presentations and roundtables happening later in the week. The workshop will provide ample time for discussion and sharing of best practices.