201351 Indicators of Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Capacity: Results from the 2009 Epidemiology Capacity Assessment

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Edward Chao, MPH , Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Atlanta, GA
Sara L. Huston, PhD , N.C. Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Branch, N.C. Division of Public Health, and UNC-Chapel Hill Epidemiology, Raleigh, NC
Laurin J. Kasehagen, MA, PhD , Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Lisa D. Ferland, MPH , Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Atlanta, GA
Since 2001, CSTE has been performing periodic assessments of epidemiology capacity (ECA) at state health departments. These baseline measurements of ability to perform core epidemiology functions have revealed a very real lack of capacity in the areas of Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health. With the revised modules for the CD and MCH program areas, CSTE hopes to demonstrate the critical role of epidemiologists in public health as well as to track their needs whether it is data access or funding.

The ECA modules will be administered to the MCH and CD Epi leads in all 50 states in April 2009. Analyses will focus on frequencies and percentages of responses to these questions across all states and determination of trends over time using chi-square for trend if applicable.

Results of the Modules will include indicators of capacity measures categorized by workforce, access to data and consultants, data analysis and interpretation, data dissemination, outreach and partnership. Additionally, many of the results will mirror prior assessments and allow for a time-trend comparison as well as a cross-sectional nationwide comparison. These include the number of MCH epi staff, whether there is a doctoral level chronic epi, if BRFSS data is always available by October 1st the following year, etc.

The data will be used to inform ongoing CSTE and CDC efforts to improve epidemiology capacity through Applied Epidemiology Competency tools, training, etc. The results will bring a unified voice to the fields of Chronic Disease and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, respectively.

Learning Objectives:
Formulate strategies, resources and tools for quality improvement of chronic disease and maternal and child health epidemiology workforce Discuss the status of regional capacity, competency and obstacles for recruitment and outlook of chronic disease and MCH epidemiology capacity.

Keywords: Epidemiology, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: CSTE National Office staff epidemiologist involved in the development and dissemination of the Chronic Disease and MCH Modules.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.