First Public Health & Medicine Summit June 3-4, 2008

Indiana Epidemiology Newsletter
April 2008

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will host the Public Health and Medicine Summit on June 3-4, 2008, at the Indianapolis (Airport) Adam’s Mark Hotel. The Public Health and Medicine Summit brings together the activities of the Public Health Nurses Conference and the Public Health and Medicine Day.

Designed to encourage collaboration and networking among public health professionals and health care providers, it is hoped this inaugural Summit, “Building Bridges”, will provide the foundation for expanding and improving Indiana’s public health infrastructure.  Quick, professional collaboration and response are critical for mitigating public health events.  This Summit is an effort to strengthen these roles in a common forum and to establish crucial relationships across Indiana. 

The Summit begins on Tuesday, June 3, with five optional concurrent workshops from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.  Participants who register for the conference may choose the specific workshop they would like to attend.  Workshops include:
Disease Surveillance and Investigation:  Targeted for public health nurses with up to five years of public health experience or those wanting a refresher, this workshop describes reportable disease surveillance, syndromic surveillance, outbreak investigation, and an update on I-NEDSS, the electronic reportable disease surveillance system currently under development.  The workshop will also include a discussion of the proposed communicable disease reporting rule and will feature a panel of speakers.

Interviewing Skills for Sensitive Topics: In this interactive workshop, led by a disease intervention specialist from Bellflower Clinic in Indianapolis, participants will improve skills for asking questions about sensitive topics, such as sexual history, and learn how to create an open, non-threatening interviewing environment.  Role-playing and discussion will be used throughout the workshop.

Viral Hepatitis A-E:  Back by popular demand from the 2007 Public Health Nurse Conference, participants at this workshop will gain detailed information about clinical infection, laboratory testing and result interpretation, risk factors, prevention, and latest disease trends.  Statistical information for incidence and prevalence for these infections in Indiana will also be included.

TB—Beginner and Advanced:  Offered by the ISDH TB Elimination Program, this workshop will provide participants with information about clinical infection, laboratory testing and result interpretation, risk factors, and latest disease trends, including antibiotic resistance.  Statistical information for incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis will also be included.  The first two hours will cover basic, overview-type information; the second half will include more detailed information.

Leadership and Communication:  The roles of public health and medical professionals have changed dramatically in the past few years, creating new challenges that demand leadership skills.  In addition, as more professionals retire, new leaders must emerge to meet these challenges.  In this workshop, offered by the team that created the Leadership At All Levels program at the ISDH, participants will learn the definition and principles of leadership and how to improve their personal leadership skills.  Discussion and self-assessments will be included in this interactive workshop.

The program continues on Wednesday, June 4, at 8:00 a.m., with a welcome from State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, MD, and a keynote plenary session by Assistant Surgeon General James M. Galloway, MD, on Public Health and Medicine Partnerships and Health Priorities.  Three concurrent sessions will be offered, and participants may choose from 11 topics when they register.  Topics include:
Pediatric Obesity:  A Medical Perspective to a Public Health Issue:  The alarming rise in obesity among Indiana’s youth will be discussed from the medical model.  The burden, complications, and management of obesity will also be discussed.

The Impact of Secondhand Smoke on Health - New Research from the Field:  This session will discuss newly published research regarding the impact of secondhand smoke (SHS) on cardiovascular health. Indiana’s public opinion about SHS policy and the links associated with air quality will also be discussed.

Communicable Disease Rule: What Has Changed?:  This session will provide an update on the proposed changes to the communicable disease reporting rule and information about I-NEDSS, the electronic reporting system under development. 

Climate Change and the Public Health Response:  This presentation will outline the potential health consequences of climate change and propose a public health approach to climate change, based on the 10 essential public health services, that addresses both clinical and population health services.

Vector-Borne Diseases in Indiana:  This presentation will describe the clinical presentation and current epidemiology of tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in Indiana.   

Antimicrobial Resistance in Indiana and Best Practices to Minimize Disease Burden:  The epidemiology and clinical features of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in children will be discussed along with new antimicrobial regimens and preventive measures.

Food Safety: Everyone Has a Role:   This workshop, presented by the ISDH Food Protection and Epidemiology staff, will provide an understanding of prevention measures, including food inspections, regarding food safety.  Foodborne illness investigation, along with the roles of the inspector, investigation team, and the importance of health care provider testing, treatment, and reporting will also be described.

Immunizations:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated the recommended vaccination schedule.  Recent changes and strategies for improving Indiana’s current immunization rates will be proposed and discussed.

Medical Error Reporting: Reducing Errors in the Health Care Setting:  In August 2007, the ISDH published its first annual Report on Medical Errors.  This presentation will provide an overview of the medical error reporting system and discuss the events reported in 2006.  The presentation will focus on the outcomes of the reporting system and the development of state health care quality initiatives to address patient safety issues.

Refugee Health:  Health care needs of the refugee populations in Indiana will be discussed.  The ISDH has recently revised the current domestic screening form and has updated guidelines for a more comprehensive public health assessment.  Detailed discussion of the overseas medical screening process and the new domestic screening tool will also be included in the session. 

Addressing Asthma in Indiana:  The ISDH Asthma Program and the Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis will discuss strategies to promote and incorporate components of the newly updated National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR3) into public health practice to address the burden of asthma in Indiana.

In addition, a luncheon presentation by David McSwane, professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, on Emerging Issues in Food Safety will focus on emerging pathogens, imported foods, other contemporary food safety issues, and the steps that are being taken to protect the food supply.  A closing plenary session on Hot Topics completes the day. 

Registration is $25 for general attendees and $15 for students.  CMEs will be available.