Rhetorical Framing and Needle Exchange in Rural Indiana: Shifting Perspectives and Policy

Political discourse surrounding matters of public health is exigent because human life is at stake this is unquestionably the case with respect to widespread opioid addiction. While intravenous drug use itself is described as a health concern, the spread of diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV through the sharing of needles is a disease surveillance emergency. This research centers on municipal-level decision making in the community of greater Lafayette, Indiana.

June 18, 2019

A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding Facts and Recommendations 2018

Each year, Trust for America’s Health releases A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding Facts and Recommendations to examine level of federal and state public health funding that each state receives. This review also provides policymakers and communities with an independent analysis of how their communities protect their health; encourages transparency and accountability; and recommends strategies to modernize the nation’s public health system.

The report includes eight key recommendations:

March 28, 2018

Mandating Syndromic Surveillance Reporting from Emergency Departments: The Washington Experience

As syndromic surveillance reporting became an optional activity under Meaningful Use Stage 3 and incentive funds are slated to end completely in 2021, Washington State sought to protect syndromic reporting from emergency departments.

January 19, 2018

Developing policy to support novel Caribbean Tourism and Health surveillance program

In January 2016, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), serving 24 Member States(MS), began executing a regional Tourism and Health program (THP), recognizing that the health of Caribbean economies is closely related to the health of its tourism industry since the Caribbean is most tourism-dependent region in the world; that tourism is vulnerable to health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats; and that travel and tourism impacted on global health security.

January 25, 2018

Status of Legislation and Factors affecting Disease Surveillance in Nigeria: A qualitative inquiry

The outbreak of infectious diseases with a propensity to spread across international boundaries is on an upward rise. Such outbreaks can be devastating with significant associated morbidity and mortality. The recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa which spread to Nigeria is an example. Nigeria like several other African countries implements the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system as its method for achieving the International Health Regulations (IHR). Yet, compliance to the IDSR is questioned.

January 25, 2018

Leveraging the Laboratory Response Network: A Step Toward Implementing IHR (2005)

In 1969, the Twenty-Second World Health Assembly revised and consolidated the International Sanitary Regulations into what is known today as the International Health Regulations (IHR). The IHR promote a global collaboration to prepare for, respond to, and prevent the spread of infectious disease and other public health threats. In 2005, the IHR was once again reviewed and expanded to address the increasing threat of emerging infectious disease due to globalization and urbanization.

November 02, 2017

Return to Public Health- Undeliverable letters of Communicable Disease Patients

Preventing communicable disease spread is a primary objective for public health (PH). Reaching contagious people in a timely manner is essential to limit disease spread. Notifying patients of their infectious status also serves as an official reminder of social and legal responsibilities. The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) sends disease information and Notice of Privacy Practices to patients using the United States Postal Service (USPS). We examined communicable disease cases with undelivered mail to ascertain failure causes and rates.


December 29, 2017

Identification and Assessment of Public Health Surveillance Gaps under the IHR (2005)

Under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR [2005]) one of the eight core capacities is public health surveillance. In May 2012, despite a concerted effort by the global community, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported out that a significant number of member states would not achieve targeted capacity in the IHR (2005) surveillance core capacity. Currently, there is no model to identify and measure these gaps in surveillance performance. Likewise, there is no toolset to assess interventions by cost and estimate the ROI.

May 17, 2018

State Foodborne Illness Surveillance and Response Laws: Compilation and Analysis

Foodborne illnesses sicken 48 million and kill 3,000 Americans every year, presenting an enduring threat to the public’s health. In just the past three years alone, the United States has experienced at least four major multistate outbreaks in food. Despite this growing problem, efforts to prevent foodborne illness pose a particular public health challenge due in part to the widely variable laws governing foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak response.

July 02, 2018

Identify and Measure Impediments to the 2005 International Health Regulations

This is the second webinar in a series being offered by the ISDS Global Outreach Committee on the International Health Regulations.


Dr. Scott JN McNabb, PhD, MS, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Date and Time

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


ISDS Global Outreach Committee

September 30, 2017

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