2021 CSTE Annual Conference Workshops

Sunday, June 13, 2021

 Virtual sessions may be hosted with recorded presentations and presenting authors required to attend during the session time for live questions and answers. Workshop recordings may be available for on-demand viewing after the workshop, but determinations will be made at a later date on available access options. The workshop schedules are subject to change and times will refer to Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Registration for full or one-day (Sunday) virtual conference may only register for one (1) workshop. Due to preparations required to provide attendees with customized links prior to conference dates, all attendees must register no later than May 24, 2021. Attendees must register in order to access program information and their individualized platform link. Registrations this year are not refundable after May 24, 2021. 

Sunday – June 13, 2021


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chronic Disease and Oral Health

Addressing Challenges from 2020

CSTE staff contact:  Kyra Parks

The CSTE Chronic Disease and Oral Health workshop will provide a forum for attendees to share best practices and lessons learned from the COVID-19 response as well as the BRFSS redesign. This workshop is targeted towards epidemiologists, academia, and public health professionals in the fields of chronic disease and oral health epidemiology.


12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Enteric Disease

Lessons Learned: Challenges and Successes after the Implementation of WGS

CSTE staff contact: Maria Patselikos

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).


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Environmental Health

Utilizing a Transdisciplinary Approach to Address Environmental Hazards

CSTE staff contact: Hayleigh McCall

The CSTE Environmental Health Workshop will build bridges between the branches of environmental health by identifying common approaches to addressing environmental hazards such as disasters, climate events, exposures, and COVID-19. By applying a transdisciplinary lens, workshop attendees will better understand the cross-cutting nature of environmental health and how it intersects with health equity. The objectives of this workshop are to provide relevant and timely learning opportunities for epidemiologists, academia, and public health professionals in the fields of disaster, environmental, and climate epidemiology.


12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop

CSTE staff contact: Puja Shah

The Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Workshop 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.


12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hepatitis C Surveillance

Methodologies to Inform Prevention and Elimination

CSTE staff contact: Symone Richardson

This will be a collaborative workshop between the CSTE Hepatitis C Subcommittee, The Division of Viral Hepatitis, and NASTAD. 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, highlighting how some of the methodology used in the jurisdiction level vulnerability assessment can be applied to ongoing HCV surveillance efforts. Discussions will also include updated viral hepatitis guidelines, technical assistance needs, and opportunities for standardization and collaboration.


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


National Meeting of Influenza Surveillance Coordinators

CSTE staff contact: Mimi Huynh

CSTE, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be hosting an Influenza Surveillance Coordinators Workshop on Sunday, June 13, 2021 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 and other respiratory virus surveillance, especially as it relates to COVID-19, 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.


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Injury Surveillance 

Moving Injury Data to Action

CSTE staff contact: Mia Israel

The CSTE Injury Surveillance Workshop will highlight and provide training on the implementation of surveillance tools and products developed by the CSTE Injury Surveillance Workgroup, including Special Emphasis Reports, Exploratory Indicators, Data Science Competencies, and Data Linkage products. The workshop is open to anyone who registers, but Injury Surveillance Workgroup members are highly encouraged to attend. Presenters and attendees will include CSTE members, workgroup leadership, and CDC representatives from the National Center for Injury Prevention (NCIPC) and Control and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Legionnaires’ Disease 

Building Bridges: A Multidisciplinary Approach to LD Prevention

CSTE staff contact: Ashley Vineyard

This interactive Legionnaires’ disease workshop will review public health surveillance, investigations, and outbreak response best practices, CDC guidance documents, and toolkits. The workshop is targeted toward public health surveillance epidemiologists, environmental health specialists, drinking water professionals, laboratory professionals, healthcare licensing and investigations professionals, and healthcare-associated infections professionals interested in Legionella case and outbreak investigations.  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.


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Maternal and Child Health Symposium 

Maternal and Child Health Symposium: Improving MCH Population Health Data and Addressing Emerging Surveillance Challenges

CSTE staff contact: Valerie Goodson

Over the past year, the requirements of practitioners to adapt, adjust, pivot, prioritize have been more than anyone could have imagined. The existing epidemiology challenges for addressing the priority needs, and key health issues faced by the mothers, children, and families may have decreased in priority while the impact of the pandemic uncovered new demands. It is through these experiences, that epidemiologists signal for new tools, strategize to develop best practices, and develop a strategic vision for addressing emerging topics.

The 2021 MCH Symposium will focus on three pivotal topics:

  • Collaborations between MCH Epidemiologists and Emergency Preparedness and Response Staff
  • Addressing Threats to Mothers and Babies by Exploring Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Expanding Capacity for Maternal Mortality Review Committees by Addressing Training Needs

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Occupational Health Surveillance 

Surveillance Skills, Stretches, and Strategies

CSTE staff contact: Cailyn Lingwall

The CSTE 2021 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.


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

State Epi Forum – Invitation Only

CSTE staff contact: Jennifer Lemmings

This convocation on Sunday June 13, 2021 of State Epidemiologists is 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 (or designee) from each jurisdiction along with the CSTE Executive Board. This year’s workshop will include discussion and networking opportunities on the proposed CSTE Executive Board governance changes and other high priority topics. 


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Substance Use and Mental Health 

Visualizing Connections

CSTE staff contact: Danielle Boyd

This full day workshop will lead participants in discussions on timely substance use and mental health topics. Participants will hear real-world examples of stakeholder alerting, data dissemination, and uses of geolocation methods related to drug overdose, excessive alcohol use, and chronic cannabis use. Topics in health disparities and social justice among substance use and mental health will also be covered. This workshop is open to all registered attendees.


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Interoperability – Building Bridges to the Future

CSTE staff contact: Shaily Krishan

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2021 Surveillance/ Informatics Workshop “Interoperability – Building Bridges to the Future. Due to a very positive response to this workshop, the workshop has reached full capacity, and registration is now closed. We appreciate your interest and apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please contact Shaily Krishan ([email protected]) with any questions.

This full day virtual workshop, “Surveillance/ Informatics: Interoperability- Building Bridges to the Future”, will provide learning opportunities to understand priorities, facilitators, and barriers to promoting public health systems interoperability for accurate and timely public health data exchange.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Identify opportunities to address trust barriers, privacy issues, and regulations around sharing public health data with internal and external partners.
  • Provide examples and use cases to demonstrate adoption of technology and standards to facilitate interoperability across systems and applications.
  • Identify current and evolving data integration needs to enhance public health’s ability to access relevant data sources and use it meaningfully.
  • Facilitate guided discussions across organizational and disciplinary boundaries.

Specific aims include providing opportunity to discuss:

  • Building trust relationships and partnerships to facilitate internal and external sharing of public health data.
  • Use cases for technical solutions and standards to promote public health data exchange among public health systems and with external systems and entities.
  • Success stories to demonstrate sustainable data integration efforts and engagement levels within and across organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
  • Effective utilization of multiple funding streams to further strategic interoperability goals within health departments.
  • Leveraging academic and private sector partnerships to enhance capacity, improve communications, and achieve public health goals.

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

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2021 Surveillance/ Informatics Workshop “Interoperability – Building Bridges to the Future. Due to a very positive response to this workshop, the workshop has reached full capacity, and registration is now closed. We appreciate your interest and apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please contact Shaily Krishan ([email protected]) with any questions.



11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Vectorborne Disease

Improving Public Health Practice for Vector-Borne Diseases

CSTE staff contact: Amelia Blumberg

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.