The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health (CDC/NCEH) has created a framework for the inclusion of disaster epidemiology in the disaster management cycle and the framework has recently been published in the American Journal of Public Health1 to assist practitioners at all levels in planning for and responding to emergencies.
The framework includes methods such as rapid needs assessments, health surveillance, tracking and registries, and epidemiological investigations (such as risk factor analyses, health outcome studies and evaluations of interventions). These tools and methods can be practiced throughout the disaster management cycle and can provide actionable information for planners and decision-makers responsible for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. “Disaster epidemiology” (applied epidemiology for disaster settings) is being integrated into the public health response to disasters, and is providing the evidence base to inform and enhance response capability from the local to state and national levels of emergency response.
CSTE invites partners to read about this new framework, consider how organizations may integrate epidemiological methods into disaster response efforts, and provide suggestions or tips on how to help partners collaborate on disaster epidemiology. To access the article, visit: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302010.
1. The Role of Applied Epidemiology Methods in the Disaster Management Cycle. Josephine Malilay et al. Am J Public Health. 2014;104:2092–2102. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302010