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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session C 6

National Acute Chemical Events Surveillance: A Partnership for Success

Description of Session

Acute hazardous substances releases and their consequences present significant public health concerns. However, data gaps exist that pose challenges for planning, prevention, and response. A national surveillance system would provide the framework necessary for the development and evaluation of acute hazardous substance release safety activities.

Existing national acute chemical release databases were not designed for public health surveillance. While the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance System operated by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was developed to address the public health aspects of acute releases, it is limited by the types of events and data collected, coverage area, levels of dissemination, and usability of the data. Other federal databases collect data on cases (exposed persons), not events, and have their own sets of limitations.

The panel will discuss partnerships, strategies, communication, resources, data, and dissemination needed for a successful national surveillance program. Participants will include representatives from CDC/ATSDR and other federal agencies, state and local agencies, industry, and academia.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: G. David Williamson, PhD GWilliamson@cdc.gov

Presenter 1: Wanda Lizak Welles, PhD, MS

Title of Presentation: The New York State Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) Program: Partnering to Achieve Awareness, Response, and Prevention Goals

wlw02@health.state.ny.us

Presenter 2: John Bresland

Title of Presentation: National Acute Chemical Events Surveillance: A Federal Perspective

John.Bresland@csb.gov

Presenter 3: Kent Anderson, MBA, BSIE

Title of Presentation: National Acute Chemical Events Surveillance: An Industry Perspective

Kent_Anderson@iiar.org

Presenter 4: Henry Anderson, MD

Title of Presentation: National Acute Chemical Surveillance: A State Public Health Perspective

anderha@dhfs.state.wi.us

Presenter 5: Sam Mannan, PhD

Title of Presentation: Data Leads the Way

mannan@tamu.edu