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April CSTE Student Webinar

April CSTE Student Webinar

All public health and epidemiology students are invited to register for this webinar at https://cste.webex.com/cste/k2/j.php?MTID=t293a77185c37f2a43c5b6ff797932121.  Registration is required and limited space is available.  The webinar recording and slides will be made available after the presentation in the CSTE Webinar Library.

Presentation 1 – Marion Tseng, PhD MPVM BVM, Health Systems Integration Program Fellow, Chicago Department of Public Health, Informatics Program

The objective of the electronic case reporting (eCR) initiative is to generate chlamydia and gonorrhea case reports by a stand-alone application from Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems managed by Alliance of Chicago (AOC), and electronically submit these case reports to the Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS). A crosswalk document was created to map EHR data to required I-NEDSS sexually transmitted infection (STI) case report fields. Test files produced by the application were vetted to ensure the eCR files meeting I-NEDSS requirements. The crosswalk document and vetting test files have helped us better understand and find solutions to bridge EHR data and I-NEDSS requirements. We believe eCR will be able to improve the timeliness and completeness of surveillance case reports, and therefore, public health actions can be directed more promptly to the populations in need.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the opportunities brought by the richness of clinical data in electronic health records system to improve public health surveillance
  2. Understand the concept of electronic case reporting
  3. Describe the lessons learned in this electronic case reporting initiative

Presentation 2 – Haylea Hannah, MSPH, CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology Program

Marin County has historically been labeled as a vaccine hesitant community, and continuously ranked in the top 10 for the highest Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) rates in California.  The state of California recently passed a law (SB277) that eliminates parents from opting-out of required immunizations for school because of personal beliefs.  Given this new legislation, we administered a vaccination decision making survey to kindergarten parents in Marin County to assess reasons for vaccination hesitancy and support, attitudes and beliefs towards SB277, and sources for vaccination information.  This presentation will provide an overview of the results from this survey and discuss how surveys can be used to understand perceptions and beliefs among hard to reach populations and guide targeted messaging to promote immunizations.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how surveys can be used at the local level to drive public health action
  2. Describe the differences in sources of vaccination information and demographics between parents with PBEs from school-entry immunizations and parents with no exemptions
  3. Discuss the most common reasons why parents choose to vaccinate or are vaccine hesitant
  4. Discuss Marin County kindergarten parent’s attitudes towards SB277