Public Health Nurse

Infectious disease and epidemiology

Epidemiology at the DeKalb County Board of Health

The DeKalb County Board of Health does not have a specific department for epidemiology. Rather, there are a few departments that collaborate in order to perform community surveillance and case investigations.

The Office of Infectious Disease – Uses a community-centered approach to reduce the burden of chronic disease and eliminate health disparities in DeKalb County. Activities include increasing the number of environmental opportunities for physical activity, increase the awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoke, and increase the number of opportunities in DeKalb County for healthy eating (such as reduced fat, salt and sugar, and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.).

The Assessment, Surveillance, and Epidemiology – Provides epidemiological and statistical data support to units within HAP and other areas of the Board of Health and responds to health data requests from the community. Manages and analyzes population-based health data and publishes health data reports. Coordinates the development of the comprehensive Status of Health in DeKalb Report every four to five years, administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, and responds to foodborne complaints and outbreak

County Wide Services are involved in case investigation and contact tracing for sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Knowledge regarding STD prevalence and incidence is useful when designing STD educational and prevention programs. The data can tell public health workers who and where the vulnerable populations are, what type of education is needed, and the best possible way to deliver those messages.

These three departments make up the epidemiological team at the DeKalb County Board of Health. It is important for the teams to not only collaborate with each other but also with the department environmental health and the community.

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