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Poison Center and Public Health Collaborations Community of Practice (CoP)

Data collected by the nation’s poison centers (PCs) is an important tool for all-hazards exposure and illness surveillance. Close collaboration and open communication among local, state, and federal public health partners and PCs is necessary to leverage PC data for public health surveillance.

In 2010, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, (CSTE), American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Studies Branch spearheaded the creation of the Poison Center & Public Health Collaboration CoP.

Mission: To bolster collaboration between federal, state, and local health agencies and departments and poison centers through sharing best practices and facilitating networking between members

Successes:

  • Recruited more than 200 public health and PC professionals as active members of the CoP
  • Established a CoP steering committee to set goals and direction of CoP
  • Conducted 14 national webinars on state and national public health uses of PC data (see select examples in table of select previous webinars)
  • Led six roundtable discussions at national meetings to discuss the importance, current state, and obstacles between PC and health department (HD) collaboration
  • Conducted special projects focused on supporting partnerships between HDs and PCs (example below)

CoP Special Project:

In 2012, the steering committee developed questions to better characterize current collaboration and barriers to collaboration between PCs and state and local HDs. Questions were then tailored towards either PC managing directors or state and local epidemiologists and administered as an online survey. HD results were collected and analyzed by CSTE staff whereas PC results were analyzed by CDC staff. CDC also performed a separate analysis looking at results linked by jurisdiction (I.e., linking the PC(s) that serve a specific state).The results of this evaluation (presented in the two following reports) illustrate the wide spectrum of collaboration and partnerships that exist between PCs and DOHs across the country. Two major findings of this evaluation are:

  1. PC/DOH partnerships with low collaborative capacity might benefit from improving communication between PCs and DOHS
  2. PC/DOH partnerships with high collaborative capacity may benefit from addressing data transmission, management, and analysis issues.

Use of Poison Center Data Assessment Report (2012)[PDF - 339 KB]

Assessment Report on Collaboration between Health Departments and Poison Centers (2015) [PDF - 1.63 MB]

Documents:

Newsletters:

Select Previous Webinars:

Date

Title

Presenter(s)

2010

“Use of the National Poison Data System for chemical surveillance”

Colleen Martin, MPH, Health Studies Branch CDC

“Camphor-Related Seizures – A Bronx Tale: One Case Study of NYC’s PCC Surveillance”

Katie Wheeler, MPH, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

2011

“Incorporation of Real Time Poison Center Data to Enhance Surveillance - The Florida Department of Health ESSENCE-PIC Project”

Jay Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, Florida/USVI  Poison Information Center - Jacksonville and Prakash Mulay, MBBS, MPH, Florida Dept. of Health

“Wisconsin’s use of the NPDS web service for surveillance”

David Gummin, MD, FACEP, FAACT, FACMT, Wisconsin PC and Marni Y.V. Bekkedal, PhD, Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health

“Poison Center and Public Health Collaboration in Oregon”

Melissa Powell, MPH and June Bancroft, MPH,  Oregon Department of Health Services

2012

“Michigan's public health collaborations to prevent poisonings”

Martha Stanbury, Section Manager, Environmental Health Section, Michigan Dept. of Community Health, and Susan Smolinske, Director of the Michigan Poison Center

“Increasing the use of Poison Centers by the Federal and State Regional Response Team (RRT) in Region 6 to provide medical and public health support”

Patrick Young, ATSDR Region 6-Division of Community Health Investigation

2013

“Linking Poison Center Call Data to Hospital Discharge Data:  Understanding proxy variables to better document work related poisonings”

Karla Armenti, PhD, New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program

“Poison Centers: Public Health’s Information & Communication Partner”

Greg Bogdan, Administrative Director, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center

“Use of data from poison centers for hazardous exposure and illness surveillance (ISDS webinar)”

Jay Schauben, Prakash Mulay

2014

“The High Cost of Bath Salts:  A Study of the Health Care Burden of Illicit Synthetic Drug Use in Duluth, Minnesota”

Sarah Dugan, Public Health Associate of the Minnesota Dept. of Health

2015

“Massachusetts poisonings and department of public health collaborations”

Rebecca Bruccoleri, MD, Regional Center for Poison Control serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island; MyDzung Chu, MSPH, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

More information:

For more information on the Poison Center and Public Health Collaborations Community of Practice or to become a member, please contact:

Rebecca Lyons, MPH
Community of Practice Administrator
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Studies Branch
4770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
770-488-3792
RLyons@cdc.gov

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