Identifying Persons Who Inject Drugs in Medical Examiner Data in Maricopa County, AZ

The rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States has increased steadily since 2000. Injection drug use, a practice associated with infectious disease transmission, has likely increased along with this upward trend in drug overdoses. Injection drug use surveillance is difficult to conduct at a public health department because there are no specific Internal Classification of Diseases codes to identify this risk behavior in hospital discharge or vital registration data.

June 18, 2019

Surveillance for Mass Gatherings: NCAA Final Four 2017 in Maricopa County, Arizona

Final Four-associated events culminated in four days of intense activity from March 31st through April 3rd, and added an estimated 400,000 visitors to Maricopa County's 4.2 million residents.

Objective:

To describe and present results for the enhanced epidemiologic surveillance system established during the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship (Final Four) events.

January 21, 2018

Enhancing Syndromic Surveillance at a Local Public Health Department

The mission of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH; Arizona) is to protect and promote the health and well-being of its residents and visitors. Surveillance efforts allow epidemiologists to quantify and characterize public health threats, but traditional methods take time. In an effort to enhance situational awareness, the Office of Epidemiology dedicated resources to begin developing a robust syndromic surveillance program. This abstract outlines steps for enhancing syndromic surveillance at a local public health department.

Objective

August 29, 2017

Evaluating the BioSense Syndrome for Heat-Related Illness in Maricopa County, Arizona

Monitoring heat-related illness (HRI) is a public health priority in Maricopa County, Arizona. Since 2006, Maricopa County Department of Public Health has utilized data from hospital discharges, medical examiner preliminary reports, and death certificates to quantify heat-related morbidity and mortality, but these surveillance methods take time. Identifying HRI more quickly would improve situational awareness and allow public health officials to launch a more immediate response to extreme heat events.

August 31, 2017

Surveillance for Mass Gatherings: Super Bowl XLIX in Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX took place on February 1st, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. In preparation for this large scale public event and related activities, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) developed methods for enhanced surveillance, situational awareness and early detection of public health emergencies.

Objective

September 18, 2017

Ratio of Excess ED ILI Visits to Seroprevalence, Influenza A/H1N1 Infection, FL, 2009

A seroprevalence survey carried out in four counties in the Tampa Bay area of Florida (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Pasco) provided an estimate of cumulative incidence of infection due to the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) as of the end of that year’s pandemic. During the pandemic, high-level decison-makers wanted timely, credible forecasts as to the likely near-term course of the pandemic.

December 28, 2017

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