What do EIS officers do at NCEH/ATSDR?

Matt Karkowski in Sierra Leone

NCEH EISO Matt Karkowski assesses water bladder used to supply water to Sierra Leone village under quarantine for Ebola Virus Disease

EIS officers are involved in a variety of opportunities including leading epidemiological investigations, analyzing large national datasets, serving as technical advisors, and responding to requests for assistance from state, local, tribal, territorial, and international governments.

EIS officers are placed in the

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)

 

Recent projects conducted by EIS officers include the following topics:

Ellen Yard, PhD (EIS '09) checking water quality during flood in Tennessee

Ellen Yard, PhD (EIS '09) checking water quality during flood in Tennessee.

  • Investigated lead poisoning in Flint, MI
  • Provided technical assistance in assessing unregulated drinking water use on tribal lands
  • Investigated the association between prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and cognitive development in young girls
  • Evaluated the surveillance of dietary supplement-induced liver injury by the National Poison Data System
  • Conducted a surveillance evaluation of the National Poison Data System for synthetic marijuana
  • Characterized health effects from hand sanitizer exposure among children
  • Evaluated use of media reports for determining mortality rates during Hurricane Sandy
  • Explored the relationship between CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index and disaster-related deaths using statistical and spatial methods
  • Assessed adverse health effects reported to the National Poison Data System from exposure to e-cigarettes
  • Investigation of asthma-related emergency department visits
  • Conducted a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) for Rapid Identification of Disaster Response and Recovery Needs of Communities Affected by the Elk River Chemical Spill

Ethan Fechter-Leggett, DVM (EIS '13) and Olaniyi Olayinka, MBBS (EIS '13) during an investigation of an outbreak of severe-illnesses associated with the reported use of synthetic cannabinoids - Colorado.

Ethan Fechter-Leggett, DVM (EIS ’13) and Olaniyi Olayinka, MBBS (EIS ’13) during an investigation of an outbreak of severe-illnesses associated with the reported use of synthetic cannabinoids – Colorado.

You can read more about work and investigations conducted by EIS officers at NCEH in the following articles:

Joy Hsu, MD, (EIS '13) communicating with media during a field investigation of the public health effects of a chemical release in West Virginia

Joy Hsu, MD, (EIS ’13) communicating with media during a field investigation of the public health effects of a chemical release in West Virginia.

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Page last reviewed: March 16, 2018