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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 12, 2011

Announcement: 2009 Chronic Disease Epidemiology Capacity: Findings and Recommendations Available Online

JAMA. 2011;305(2):146. doi:

MMWR. 2010;59:1523

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has released a new report on state-based chronic disease epidemiology capacity in the United States. The report, Chronic Disease Epidemiology Capacity: Findings and Recommendations, an update from the 2004 report,1 provides findings from the 2009 CSTE national assessment2 and recommendations for improving capacity.

The report notes that 53% of jurisdictions (all 50 states and the District of Columbia) reported at least substantial chronic disease epidemiology capacity in 2009 and more quality-level work is being conducted than in previous years. However, nearly half of the jurisdictions lack substantial capacity, and the percentage of jurisdictions with little or no chronic disease epidemiology capacity increased progressively during 2001-2009. A major recommendation is that improving capacity in jurisdictions with little or no chronic disease epidemiology capacity should be a priority.

The report is available online at http://www.cste.org/2009chroniceca.pdf. Additional information or printed copies are available from CSTE by e-mail (jlemmings@cste.org) or telephone (770-458-3811).

References
1.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.  National assessment of epidemiologic capacity in chronic disease: findings and recommendations. Atlanta, GA: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists; 2004. Available at http://www.cste.org/dnn/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=A%2flteXZ47NY%3d&tabid=175&mid=716. Accessed November 15, 2010
2.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Assessment of epidemiology capacity in State Health Departments—United States, 2009.  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009;58(49):1373-1377PubMed
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