What do EIS officers do at NCEH/ATSDR?
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.
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Recent projects conducted by NCEH/ATSDR’s EIS Officers include:
- Investigating undetermined risk factors for invasive mold infections in immunocompromised residents in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey
- Responding to a large-scale outbreak of acute gastroenteritis on a cruise ship
- Investigating a Legionella outbreak at a racetrack in West Virginia
- Leading an investigation of health effects following a natural gas pipeline explosion in Kentucky
- Assisting the State of Illinois with an outbreak of severe bleeding in emergency room patients attributed to use of synthetic cannabinoids
- Investigating lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan
- Investigating lead poisoning due to artisanal gold mining in Zamfara State, Nigeria
- Providing technical assistance in assessing unregulated drinking water use on tribal lands
- Investigating associations between prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and cognitive development in young girls
- Evaluating the surveillance of dietary supplement-induced liver injury by the National Poison Data System
- Conducting a surveillance evaluation of the National Poison Data System for synthetic marijuana
- Characterizing health effects of hand sanitizer ingestion among children
- Evaluating the use of media reports for determining mortality rates during Hurricane Sandy
- Exploring the relationship between CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index and disaster-related deaths using statistical and spatial methods
- Assessing adverse health effects reported to the National Poison Data System from exposure to e-cigarettes
- Creating a COVID-19 response webpage for patients with asthma
- Conducting 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
You can read more about work and investigations conducted by EIS Officers at NCEH in the following articles:
- Pennington AF, Sircar K, Hsu J, et al. Communication channels for air quality alerts in the United Statesexternal icon. Prev Med Reports 2019; 14:100860.
- Pennington AF, Sircar KD, Hsu J. Report on understanding the National Allergy Bureau as a Public Health Surveillance Systemexternal icon. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2019; 143(2):AB192.
- Chow NA, Toda M, Pennington AF, et al. Hurricane-associated mold exposures among patients atrRisk for invasive mold infections after Hurricane Harvey — Houston, Texas, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019; 68:469–473.
- Lewis LM, Johnson T, Lozier M, Zahran HS. Health communications: provider assessment of asthma controlexternal icon. J Asthma 2019; 56(12): 1288–1293.
- Lewis LM, Mirabelli MC, Beavers SF, Kennedy CM, Shriber J, Stearns D, Morales González JJ, Santiago MS, Félix IM, Ruiz-Serrano K, Dirlikov E, Lozier MJ, Sircar K, Flanders WD, Rivera-García B, Irizarry-Ramos J, Bolaños-Rosero B. Characterizing environmental asthma triggers and healthcare use patterns in Puerto Rico.external icon J Asthma 2019; 12:1–12.
- Lavery AM, Patel A, Boehmer TK, et al. Notes from the Field: Pharmacy needs after a atural disaster — Puerto Rico, September–October 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67:402–403.
- Moritz E, Austin C, Wahl M, et al. Notes from the Field: Outbreak of severe illness linked to the vitamin K antagonist brodifacoum and use of cynthetic cannabinoids — Illinois, March–April 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67:607–608.
- Anwar M, Kasper A, Steck AR, Schier JG. Bongkreic acid-a review of a lesser known mitochondrial toxinexternal icon. J Med Toxicol 2017; 13(2):173–179.
- Hsu J, Del Rosario MC, Thomasson E, Bixler D, Haddy L, Duncan MA. Hospital impact after a chemical spill that compromised the potable water wupply: West Virginia, January 2014external icon. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2017; 6:1–4.
- Burrer S, Fechter-Leggett E, Wolkin A, Bayleyegn T, Noe RS, Hsu J, et al. Assessment of impact and recovery needs in communities affected by the River chemical spill — West Virginia, April 2014external icon. Public Health Reports 2017; 132(2): 188–195.
- Thomasson ED, Scharman EJ, Fechter-Leggett E, Bixler D, Ibrahim S, Duncan MA, Hsu J, et al. Acute health effects after the Elk River chemical spill, West Virginia, January 2014external icon. Public Health Reports 2017; 132(2): 196–202.
- Carroll Y, Rashid F, Falk H, Howley M. Examples of applied public health through the work of the Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health: 2006–2015external icon. Public Health Reviews 2017; 38: 1.
- Hsu J, Qin X, Beavers SF, Mirabelli MC. Asthma-related school absenteeism, morbidity, and modifiable factorsexternal icon. Am J Prev Med 2016; 51(1):23–32.
- Severe iIllness associated with reported use of synthetic cannabinoids – Mississippi, April 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015; 64(39): 1121–1122.
- Whitfield GP, Paul P, Wendel AM. Active transportation surveillance across five systems – United States 1999–2012. MMWR Surveillance Summaries 2015; 64(SS07): 1–17.
- Calls to poison centers for exposures to electronic cigarettes — United States, September 2010–February 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2014; 63(13): 292–293.
- Notes from the Field: Severe illness associated with reported use of synthetic marijuana — Colorado, August–September 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2013; 62(49);1016–1017.
- Chlorine gas exposure at a metal recycling facility — California, 2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2011; 60(28);951–954.
Joy Hsu (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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