Post-disaster Surveillance among State Health Departments in the United States

Erin Simms, Amy Wolkin, Ekta Choudhary, Robert Mathes, Michael Heumann, Sharon Watkins


The importance of post-disaster surveillance has increased with the massive impact recent disasters have had on affected populations' health. In 2012, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) assessed state-level disaster epidemiologic capacity with a focus on surveillance. Concurrently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Disaster Epidemiology Community of Practice (DE CoP), which serves as a forum for public health practitioners to share information, including resources related to post-disaster surveillance. This panel will present the results of the CSTE 2012 assessment and will provide an overview of resources available to epidemiologists for post-disaster surveillance.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *