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Field Epidemiology$
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Michael Gregg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313802.001.0001

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Field Investigations From the State and Local Health Department Perspective

Field Investigations From the State and Local Health Department Perspective

Field Epidemiology

Jeffrey P. Davis

Guthrie S. Birkhead

Oxford University Press

Working and networking diligently with colleagues and appropriately communicating ideas and information across jurisdictional lines and between scientific disciplines are keys to the success of state and local field epidemiologic activities. However, epidemiologists should be aware of certain critical factors that can provide new insights into the conduct of even the most routine investigations and related activities. This chapter presents a framework for investigations in this field and discusses issues in state and local surveillance. The conduct of field epidemiologic investigations and surveillance activities by state and local health department staff and their partners occurs within a framework that involves: understanding state and local laws and codes; awareness of personnel and resource constraints; effective collaboration, networking, and information sharing; maximizing information transfer and appropriate incorporation of technologic advances; sensitivity to local, state, and federal political issues that are germane to field epidemiologists; and cooperative and productive working relationships using print and electronic media.

Keywords:   field epidemiology, field investigations, state surveillance, local surveillance

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