The Role of Applied Epidemiology Methods in the Disaster Management Cycle

Disaster epidemiology (i.e., applied epidemiology in disaster settings) presents a source of reliable and actionable information for decision-makers and stakeholders in the disaster management cycle. However, epidemiological methods have yet to be routinely integrated into disaster response and fully communicated to response leaders.

September 06, 2017

Increase in Adverse Health Effects Related to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use

Synthetic cannabinoids include various psychoactive chemicals that are sprayed onto plant material, which is then smoked or ingested to achieve a “high.” These products are sold under a variety of names (e.g., synthetic marijuana, spice, K2, black mamba, and crazy clown) and are sold in retail outlets as herbal products and are often labeled not for human consumption. Law enforcement agencies regulate many of these substances; however, manufacturers may frequently change the formulation and mask their intended purpose to avoid detection and regulation.

October 10, 2017

Developing a Guidance Document to Improve Public Health Surveillance during Disasters

During all phases of the disaster management cycle, PH surveillance plays a valuable role. Surveillance provides PH officials and stakeholders the information they need to respond to disasters and take action in an appropriate and timely manner. Despite the fact that surveillance provides a valuable function in disasters, a study by the Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) found that there are still significant differences, across states, in their use of disaster surveillance.

October 03, 2017

Disaster Surveillance: American Samoa Tsunami Response

For its September 2010 meeting, the ISDS Public Health Practice Committee hosted a special presentation on disaster surveillance in American Samoa as a part of its ongoing disaster surveillance series. The talk, entitled, "Disaster Surveillance: American Samoa Tsunami Response, Use of CDC's Surveillance and Assessment Tools for Natural Disaster," was given by Amy Schnall, Project Coordinator for the Disaster Surveillance Workgroup at CDC. Ms. Schnall filled in for Amy F. Wolkin, MSPH, who gave a similar talk at this year's CSTE conference.


October 20, 2017

Case Studies in the Use of the National Poison Data System (NPDS)

The National Poison Data System (NPDS) is maintained and operated by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) for the analysis, visualization, and reporting of call data from all 61 regional poison centers (PCs) in cooperation with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). NCEH collaborates with AAPCC toxicologists using NPDS to facilitate early recognition and monitoring of illness due to intentional or unintentional chemical or toxin exposures.

July 30, 2018

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