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Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference Begins June 7 in Buffalo, NY
Date:6/5/2009

al activity and poor nutrition continue to be major contributors to illness and death, as well as major drivers of healthcare costs," CSTE President-elect Melvin Kohn, M.D., M.P.H. said. "Approximately 70% of deaths from all causes each year are preventable, and epidemiologists guide efforts to address these other health threats, just as they do for H1N1 flu."

The CSTE conference offers members an opportunity to share their research, broaden their knowledge, and -- together -- improve the science and practice of applied epidemiology to enhance people's health.

"CSTE as an organization and our individual members are committed to rigorous research, data exchange and evidence-based public health practices that reduce the burden of familiar health threats and emerging diseases alike," Dr. Smith said.

Highlights of the 2009 CSTE conference include:

Public Health as First Responders, moderated by Laurene Mascola of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This session is scheduled for Monday June 8, the first full day of the conference, and will include an H1N1 update with speakers including Richard Besser, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Director of CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Other conference sessions will highlight research into improving influenza surveillance, health surveillance following natural disasters, and responding to the healthcare acquired infection epidemic, among others.

CSTE is a professional association of more than 1,050 public health epidemiologists working in states, local health agencies, and territories. CSTE works to establish more effective relationships among state and other health agencies. It also provides technical advice and assistance to partner organizations, such as the Association of State a
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