FSPH Public Health Surveillance Work Shared at ISDS 2018 Annual Conference
During the week of January 30, Dr. Brian Dixon, Tom Duszynski, Tim McFarlane, and Jeff Ashby represented FSPH at the 2018 International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference theme was "Global Health Today and Tomorrow: Policy Options and Scientific Solutions." Dr. Dixon presented early findings from his work with the Marion County Public Health Department and CDC to examine syphilis testing patterns among women who delivered a stillborn child between 2010-2016.
Tim McFarlane presented work he did with Dr. Brian Dixon, MCPHD and the Public Health Informatics Institute to compare hypertension prevalence in Marion County using electronic health records with published figures from the BRFSS. Jeff Ashby presented his work with Dr. Max Moreno to analyze remote sensing data using boosted regression trees to model risk of dengue fever in Colombian geographic regions.
Finally, Tom Duszynski shared information on the school's many diverse educational programs and offerings that might enable attendees to take the next step in their career.
There was a lot of interest in our new health data science program, as well as the PhD in Epidemiology. The closing keynote speaker was to be the ousted Director of CDC, so instead the organizing committee put together a last minute panel on opioid surveillance in lieu of the ongoing work across jurisdictions to stem the opioid crisis.
The panel and audience discussed various strategies for identifying opioid risks and harms, and methods for enhancing the public health infrastructure to respond to similar crises (and outbreaks of infectious disease) in the future. Abstracts from the conference will be published later this year in the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. Thank you to Tom Duszynski, Tim McFarlane, Jeff Ashby, and Dr. Brian Dixon for sharing the great work being done at FSPH to support public health surveillance research and practice. Learn more.