Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
2872 Woodcock Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30341
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is a professional association of epidemiologists working in federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies. It 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 epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, peer consultation, developing standards for practice, and advocating for scientifically based policy.
Selected CDC-funded projects
- CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Training Program: CSTE, in collaboration with CDC and the Association of Schools of Public Health, established the two-year fellowship program to provide recent graduates from schools of public health advanced training opportunities and preparation for successful careers as state or local epidemiologists. The CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship was created to strengthen the workforce in applied epidemiology at state and local health agencies.
- Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak and Response: The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak and Response (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary working group organized to increase collaboration nationwide and across relevant areas of expertise and to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in the United States. CIFOR released the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response to aid government agencies responsible for investigating, managing, and preventing foodborne disease. The document focuses on local and state agencies, including public health, environmental health, agriculture, and other agencies responsible for food safety. A toolkit was also developed and has been used by more than 20 states to train staff.
- CSTE Annual Conference: CSTE hosts the largest annual meeting of applied epidemiologists representing state, local, territorial, and federal health agencies.The CSTE Annual Conference connects more than 1,000 public health epidemiologists from across the country to share their expertise in surveillance and epidemiology, as well as best practices in a broad range of public health areas.
- Epidemiology capacity assessment: The epidemiology capacity assessment is sent to all state, local, and tribal epidemiologists every two years to assess capacity in nine program areas: bioterrorism/preparedness, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, maternal and child health, environmental health, occupational health, oral health, substance abuse, and injury. In addition to the core questionnaire, the most recent assessment included two program area modules to assess epidemiology capacity in chronic disease and maternal and child health. Related information was also collected describing training and training needs for the existing workforce, and technical tools and systems available to support epidemiologists in their work.
- Global technical assistance: Participating with CDC’s Influenza Division, CSTE provides short-term technical assistance consultants to the Ministries of Health and U.S. embassies in Asia and Africa, and as identified by CDC. CSTE consultants help in program planning, development, and evaluation for surveillance and response programs and develop related training programs for the early detection of pandemic influenza. CSTE is also working with the Office of Global Health to provide technical assistance and consultations on a variety of surveillance and program evaluation projects for which CSTE members have expertise.
- Influenza surveillance: In collaboration with CDC, CSTE members and states are investigating approaches to improve influenza surveillance at the state and local level. This work focuses on collecting and analyzing epidemiologic and laboratory data to determine the population-based incidence of disease and of persons hospitalized for influenza.
- National policy and position statements: CSTE members develop position statements to influence national policy and standards around epidemiology and surveillance.CSTE position statements are an integral part of CSTE work as a state-membership organization and provide programmatic guidance and influence public health on national, state, and local levels.
- State Reportable Conditions Assessment: CSTE surveys all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 territories through its annual State Reportable Conditions Assessment to provide an up-to-date description of state and territorial reporting requirements for infectious diseases and non-infectious conditions. This information is published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and a searchable database that serves as the foundation for a knowledge base of reportable public health conditions and those conditions for which CDC receives notification.
- Surveillance indicators development: CSTE led the development of surveillance indicators for environmental health, occupational health, chronic diseases, and injury epidemiology and helps maintain and support their use to inform the performance of programs in each of these public health areas.