Services List: Epidemiology
The Epidemiologists of the Coastal Health District are constantly monitoring the health of our communities. They're the first to know of any outbreaks of illness, and they'll alert health officials so steps can be taken to prevent the spread. They also track chronic diseases, like diabetes, to give an accurate picture of our overall health as officials decide which issues need to be addressed.
Epidemiologists manage all the health data and statistics for the Coastal Health District and its 8 counties, keeping health officials informed of disease trends and health threats. They monitor HIV, STDs, influenza, tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable diseases, outbreaks, maternal and child health indicators, and quality of life indicators, among other things.
If an outbreak occurs, epidemiologists investigate each case, tracking the source when possible, and notifying any other contacts who could be at risk for infection. You may also see epidemiologists in your school, church, or at your community meeting providing health education and teaching the community how to prevent diseases. They also cultivate relationships with area physicians, hospitals and clinics, to promote good communication day-to-day, and in the event of an outbreak.
Epidemiologists also work closely with emergency workers to develop plans for responding to outbreaks, whether natural or as a result of bioterrorism.
For more information about the diseases we monitor, statistics, or resources for health professionals, visit our Information for Health Professionals page.
WWW Address: http://www.gachd.org/services-list/epidemiology.php