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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 250 public health and PC professionals as active members of the CoP
  • Established a CoP steering committee to set goals and direction of CoP
  • Conducted more than 25 national webinars on state and national public health uses of PC data (see select examples in table of select previous webinars)
  • Led eight 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:

Upcoming Webinars:

 

Select Previous Webinars:

Date Title Presenter(s)
2018 Opioid Misuse in Missouri: Analyzing Emergency Department Use in Urban/Rural Areas Andrew Hunter
Bureau Chief
Bureau of Health Care Analysis & Data Dissemination
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

 

Evan Mobley
Research Analyst
Bureau of Health Care Analysis & Data Dissemination
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Public Health Surveillance in a Large Evacuation
Shelter Post Hurricane Harvey
Leann Liu, MD MS
Deputy Surveillance Epidemiology Program Manager
Office of Science, Surveillance, and Technology – Harris County Public Health (TX)
Developing Guidance Documents to Facilitate
Poison Center and State Health Department
Collaboration (CSTE 2018)
Jay L. Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Director
Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville 

Nena Bowman, PharmD, DABAT
Managing Director
Tennessee Poison CenterRoyal Law, PhD., MPH
Senior Service Fellow
Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Emily Glidden, MPH
ORISE Fellow
Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Harmful Algal Blooms: a public health approach Lorraine C. Backer, PhD, MPH
Research Epidemiologist
National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Lesley V. D’Anglada, DrPH, MEH
Senior Microbiologist
Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water

 

Elizabeth D. Hilborn, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Epidemiologist
US EPA, Environmental Public Health Division

 

Elizabeth Hamelin, M.S.
Research chemist
National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Virginia Roberts, BS, MSPH
Epidemiologist
National Center for Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Andrew Reich, MS, MSPH, RRT
Scientific Advisor
Bureau of Environmental Health, Florida Department of Health

West Virginia Poison Center: Collaboration
with Public Health to Monitor Lay Public
Naloxone Utilization
Elizabeth J. Scharman, Pharm.D., DABAT, BCPS, FAACT
Director, West Virginia Poison Center
Professor, West Virginia University School of Pharmacyv
2017 Georgia… We have a problem: The Anatomy of
an Opioid Outbreak[MP4 – 60 MB]
Gaylord Lopez, PharmD, DABAT
Director
Georgia Poison Center 

Stephanie Hon, PharmD, DABAT
Assistant Director
Georgia Poison Center

 

Laura Edison, DVM, MPH
Epidemiology Field Officer
Geogria Department of Health

 

Nelly Miles, BA
Director
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Office of Public Affairs

Oregon Poison Center and Oregon Public Health
Division monitoring for the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Sandy Giffin, RN, MS
Director
Oregon Poison Center 

Laurel Boyd, MPH
ESSENCE Epidemiologist
Oregon Public Health Division

Methanol Ingestions: Public Health and Poison
Center Response – Tennessee
Mary-Margaret A. Fill, M.D.
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
Tennessee Department of Health
Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness 

Donna Seger, MD
Executive Director and Medical Director of Tennessee Poison Control, Medical Toxicology

Opioid Surveillance Webinar Series #3 Part 1:
Syndromic Surveillance Case Definition for Monitoring
Opioid Related ED visits in the Colorado North Central
Region (CO-NCR), State of Nebraska, and Marion
County, Indiana
Yushiuan Chen, MS
Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist
Tri-County Health Department
Challenges and Implications of Postmarketing
Surveillance of Prescription Opioids
Richard Dart, MD, PhD
Director
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
Executive Director
ADARS System
Professor
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Rapid surveillance of overdose morbidity –
Developing case definitions, building queries,
and analyzing results
R. Matthew Gladden, PhD
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Alana Vivolo-Kantor, PhD, MPH
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

2016 Collaborative investigation of a clenbuterol-adulterated
heroin outbreak in Virginia
Kirk Cumpston, DO, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT
Medical Director of the Virginia Poison Center 

Brigette Gleason, MD, MPH
CDC EIS Officer – Virginia Department of Health

 

Christopher Holstege, MD
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Virginia, School of Medicine

 

Priyanka Vakkalanka, ScM
Epidemiologist
Blue Ridge Poison Center, Division of Medical Toxicology

Adulterated medications sold on the street as
prescriptions, The Fake Xanax Bars in San Francisco
Annie Arens, MD
Medical Toxicology Fellow
California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division 

Kathy Vo, MD
Medical Toxicology Fellow
California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division


Development of the Arkansas PCC Mission Ready
Package to Support Continuity of Operations and
Surge Utilizing the Emergency Management
Assistance Compact
Dr. Howell Foster
Arkansas Poison Control Center 

Aaron Adams
Arkansas Department of Health

 

Carol Walton
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

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

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
Minnesota Dept. of Health
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 L. Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Director
Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville 

Prakash Mulay, MBBS, MPH
Florida Dept. of Health

2012 Michigan’s public health collaborations to prevent poisonings Martha Stanbury
Section Manager
Environmental Health Section
Michigan Dept. of Community Health 

Susan Smolinske
Director
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
2011 Incorporation of Real Time Poison Center Data to
Enhance Surveillance – The Florida Department of
Health ESSENCE-PIC Project
Jay L. Schauben, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Director
Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville 

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 Poison Center 

Marni Y.V. Bekkedal, PhD
Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health

Poison Center and Public Health Collaboration in Oregon Melissa Powell, MPH

June Bancroft, MPH
Oregon Department of Health Services

2010 Use of the National Poison Data System for chemical surveillance Colleen Martin, MPH
Health Studies Branch
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Camphor-Related Seizures – A Bronx Tale: One Case
Study of NYC’s PCC Surveillance
Katie Wheeler, MPH
New York City Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

 

More information:

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

Emily Glidden, MPH
Community of Practice Contact
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health
Division of Environmental Health and Science Practice
4770 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
EGlidden@cdc.gov

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