Partner Profiles: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) promotes the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE accomplishes this by supporting the use of effective public health surveillance and good epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation, developing standards for practice, and advocating for resources and scientifically based policy.
CSTE was organized in the early 1950's in response to the need to have at least one person in each state and territory responsible for public health surveillance of diseases and conditions of public health significance. Since then, CSTE has grown to include members from every U.S. state and territory, Canada, and Great Britain. Almost 400 epidemiologists are now members of CSTE.
The surveillance and epidemiology of infectious diseases, chronic diseases and conditions, and environmental health concerns are priority areas for CSTE. Over 150 members serve as special topic consultants for a broad range of public health concerns such as HIV/AIDS and vaccine-preventable diseases.
CSTE has been working collaboratively with CDC to identify environmental public health indicators for use in the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.
CDC funds scholarships for attendance at the annual CSTE conference and sponsors a pre-conference workshop for this conference.
For CSTE’s 2004 position statement on tracking, visit: