Pre-Conference Workshops

Chronic Disease - Leveraging Multi-sector Data in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance: How to Collect and Analyze Data and Interpret and Communicate Results

Public health departments often collect data from population-based surveys (e.g., BRFSS, PRAMS, YRBS), hospitalizations, and vital statistics to assess the burden of chronic disease. Multi-sector data sources can supplement routine surveillance data to more fully understand the burden of chronic disease and associated risk factors by, for example, providing clinical data or data on social determinants of health. This increased understanding allows public health to identify opportunities to work across sectors (e.g., health systems, communities, schools, transportation, housing, justice). However, public health needs to increase capacity to analyze and interpret these non-traditional data sources, as well as communicate the findings effectively to a variety of audiences in different agencies. National and state efforts are underway to create community-clinical linkages to improve chronic disease prevention, identification, and treatment by using data from electronic medical records and healthcare claims data. Additionally, national and state efforts continue to advance health equity and reduce health disparities by capturing and communicating data on the social, physical, and economic factors that impact health (social determinants of health). This year’s preconference workshop builds on the 2018 CSTE Chronic Disease preconference workshop, which focused on the current challenges of using BRFSS and methods to improve chronic disease surveillance through alternate data sources and methodologies. We are able to provide a trading on the translational skills needed for both infectious and chronic disease — 2019 attendees will learn how to find and use multi-sector data to more comprehensively assess chronic disease burden. Attendees will also learn how to appropriately communicate this information to various audiences. The all-day workshop will feature speakers who are leaders in health innovation and communication. Attendees will also be able to practice their skills through an interactive breakout activity to collect, interpret, and communicate results of multi-sector data related to chronic disease. Time will be left at the end of the preconference workshop for networking and to identify related potential future projects for CSTE Chronic Disease workgroups. 

CSTE staff contact: Nikka Sorrells

Enteric Diseases - Changing Landscape of Foodborne and Zoonotic Disease Outbreak Investigations: Completing the Transition to Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), and Salmonella enterica are having a major impact on how foodborne and zoonotic outbreaks are being investigated in the US.  This workshop will focus on lessons learned, from state and national perspectives, as the transition to WGS is nearing completion.  

CSTE staff contact: Thuy Kim

Environmental Health - Forging Ahead: Environmental Health Equity for At-Risk Populations

This full-day workshop, “Forging Ahead: Environmental Health Equity for At-Risk Populations”, will feature learning opportunities and facilitated conversations surrounding environmental health equity for at-risk populations.

Participants will consider epidemiologic and surveillance strategies that can be used to identify, surveil, and address negative environmental health outcomes affecting at-risk populations.

Lessons from the field will be shared and discussed regarding a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) blood lead surveillance, environmental exposures, environmental and/or man-made disasters, and syndromic surveillance.

The Environmental Health Workshop is targeted toward epidemiologists working in environmental exposures, disaster settings, and climate and health as well as additional state and local health department staff engaged in environmental health surveillance activities. The workshop is open to all conference attendees.

CSTE staff contact: Hayleigh McCall

Epi Info™

Epi Info™ is a public domain suite of software tools designed for the public health community. It provides for easy data entry form and database construction, a customized data entry experience, and data analyses with epidemiologic statistics, maps, and graphs for public health professionals who may lack an information technology background. Epi Info™ is used for outbreak investigations; for developing small to mid-sized disease surveillance systems; as analysis, visualization, and reporting (AVR) components of larger systems; and in the continuing education in the science of epidemiology and public health analytic methods at schools of public health around the world.

Part I will provide an overview of Epi Info™ suite of products. The session will discuss the data collection need during a public health event and how various kind of data collection scenarios are handled through Epi Info™ products.  Participants will learn how to quickly design data collection forms using the Epi Info™ Form Designer and explore various solutions for data collection (Web and Cloud solutions and Epi Info™ for Mobile (  Hands-on exercises will be completed during the session.

Part II of the workshop will highlight importing data into a central database repository from data collected through the suite of products offerings (Desktop, Web & Cloud, and Mobile).  Participants will learn how to set up dashboards to analyze data using the Visual Dashboard, explore the various statistical analyses that can be performed using Epi Info™ and learn the limitations and appropriateness of each for a given data set. 

CSTE staff contact: Amanda Masters

Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance - Lessons Learned and Advancing Prevention

The Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop: Lessons Learned and Advancing Prevention 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 control the spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms regionally and across settings.

CSTE staff contact: Dhara Shah

Hepatitis C Surveillance - Enhancing Surveillance and Elimination Efforts

The Hepatitis C Surveillance workshop is targeted toward viral hepatitis surveillance coordinators, program coordinators, and additional state and local health department staff engaged in hepatitis C virus (HCV) surveillance activities. The workshop discussions will explore the existing capacity of HCV surveillance programs across various jurisdictions, identifying programmatic challenges, technical assistance needs, and opportunities for potential guidance, standardization, and collaboration. The workshop will focus discussions on the role of surveillance in viral hepatitis elimination efforts for state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments. 

CSTE staff contacts: Ashley Vineyard and Mimi Huynh

Influenza - National Meeting of Influenza Surveillance Coordinators

CSTE, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be hosting an Influenza Surveillance Coordinators Workshop on Sunday, June 2, 2019 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.

CSTE staff contact: Mimi Huynh

Injury ICD-10-CM Surveillance Methods

The 2019 CSTE Injury Pre-Conference Workshop will focus on the application of ICD-10-CM injury surveillance methods. Attendees will be introduced to tools developed in conjunction with the CSTE ICD-10-CM General Injury Transition Workgroup and ICD-10-CM Drug Poisoning Indicators Workgroup.  Attendees will receive training on how to apply these tools to their injury surveillance work. Additionally, information on these workgroups, tool development and pilot testing will be included.

CSTE staff contact: Mia Israel

Maternal Child Health - How Well Are We Addressing MCH Needs In Our Surveillance Systems? Taking a Closer Look at Mental Health/Substance Use and Emergency Preparedness

Practitioners may find that the priority needs, and key health issues faced by the mothers, children, and families they serve change frequently. Epidemiologists can gain ideas, lessons, and new approaches by sharing their work on these emerging topics with each other. In addition, exploring new methods can help us to gather and use data more effectively to inform priorities and programming. The 2019 MCH symposium will focus on both understanding the perinatal experiences of mothers around mental health and substance use and on MCH emergency preparedness. A particular focus of the symposium will be on discussing strategies for moving surveillance systems forward to better capture information on each of these emerging issues.

CSTE staff contact: Nikka Sorrells

Occupational Health Surveillance - RISK: Ensuring the dice rolls in your favor at the workplace

The CSTE 2018 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.

CSTE staff contact: Song Xue

State Epi Forum (Invitation Only)

This is a half day workshop 1pm-5pm

CSTE staff contact: Jennifer Lemmings

Substance Use and Mental Health - Flying High Taking Substance Use and Mental Health Surveillance to the Next Level

The 2019 Substance Use and Mental Health Surveillance Workshop features a full day of topics that affect state and local epidemiologists across the country. The overall session will focus on data to action, standardized surveillance, policy issues, and outcomes from various CSTE pilot projects. 

CSTE staff contact: Valerie Goodson

Surveillance/ Informatics - Surveillance: Getting from Data to Action

This full day workshop, “Surveillance: Getting from Data to Action”, will provide learning opportunities and small group dialogue around policies and practices that support effective collection and use of public health surveillance data, particularly as it relates to effective data visualization to motivate action.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Provide information about the framework, priorities, and implementation of the CDC Public Health Data strategy.
  • Provide a forum for discussing new surveillance opportunities among CSTE members, CDC staff, other public health partners, and key stakeholders.
  • 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:

  • Data acquisition, evaluation, and implementation for existing data sources, how these data are currently being used by state and local health departments, and the technologies and skills needed to access, store, or analyze these data.
  • Data sharing and release practices, including the role of data standardization in facilitating these efforts, the importance of standard policies for data sharing and release, and an update on CSTE efforts in these realms.
  • Data marketing, including how to match content with audience, methods to visualize the appropriate data to address specific questions, and tools and strategies to motivate action through targeted communication and data marketing.
  • Current workforce development efforts and workforce needs in CDC and health departments to support obtaining, analyzing and presenting data to improve public health.

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

CSTE staff contact: Shaily Krishan

Vector-Borne Diseases - Ticks and Tickborne Diseases

This full day workshop will focus on ticks and tick-related issues of public health concern. During the first part of the day, we will discuss tick biology, ecology, identification and surveillance methods. In the afternoon, we will have a series of presentations on emerging tick-related issues. This could include newly identified tick species, emerging tickborne diseases, new developments in tickborne disease diagnostics, current tickborne disease outbreaks and evolving strategies for tickborne disease response. The final list of speakers/ topics will be made once 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. 

CSTE staff contact: Jordan Peart