2017 Northeast Epidemiology Conference Events

Hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and sponsored by the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology and Conduent

October 18 – 20, 2017

Hotel Northampton, Northampton, Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Department of Public Health would like to thank all attendees for helping to make this conference the collaborative event it is, year after year, and look forward to seeing everyone next year in Vermont.

We would also like to again thank our sponsors who also helped make this conference a success.

Presenters have given permission for the following presentations to be posted.

Blood Safety and Surveillance Melissa Cumming, Tony Osinski, Al DeMaria (MA) click here


Comprehensive surveillance of drug-related morbidity and mortality in NYC   Sindhu Shamasunder, NYC DOHMH click here

The intersection of opiate use disorder, overdose, and infectious disease transmission in young adults in PA, 2017                  Charlie Howsare, PA DOH click here

Public health detailing as a strategy to promote judicious opioid prescribing – Brooklyn, NY. Carla Foster, NYC DOHMH click here


Identification of EEE in new areas of New Jersey Karen Worthington, MS, RN and Kimberly Cervantes, MA, MPH, CIC, NJ Department of Health click here

Northern Range Expansion of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus): Analysis of Mosquito Data from Connecticut Phil Armstrong, ScD, CT Agricultural Experiment Station click here


Validation of SaTScan for Cluster Surveillance   Meagan Burns, MA Department of Public Health click here

Improving race and ethnicity completeness in reportable disease surveillance data by matching to external data sources Maryam Iqbal, Bureau of Communicable Disease, NYC DOHMH click here

Evaluating Twitter for Foodborne Illness Outbreak Detection in New York City   Katelynn Devinney, Bureau of Communicable Disease, NYC DOHMH click here

Implementing Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) assessments across healthcare settings to promote best practices, better outcomes and safer care

Gloria  Airall-Simon, PhD, MPHE, MSN, BSN, Senior Nurse Educator, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Bureau of Healthcare System Readiness, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene click here

Kayla Donohue, MPH, CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, VT DOH of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology – Healthcare Associated Infections click here

Antibiotic Resistance

Public Health Response to Infection Control Breaches in Pennsylvania: “What can we do if there are no infections?” Cara Bicking Kinsey, PhD, MPH, RNC, PA Department of Public Health, Sharon Watkins, PhD     PA Department of Health click here

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in CT: Collaborative Development of a Characterization Panel and Testing of Carbapenemase Genetic Markers, 2017 Noelisa Montero, MPH, CT Department of Public Health click here

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Challenges of Managing a Community Mumps Outbreak in New York State   Dylan Johns, NY State Department of Health click here

Congenital Rubella Syndrome in Massachusetts:  A Case Study Joyce Cohen, MPH, MA Department of Public Health click here

BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System)

Comparing BRFSS Suppression Guidelines for Statistical Reliability – A State Example Caitlin Pizzonia, MPH, University of Southern Maine / ME Center for Disease Control and Prevention click here

To Suppress or Not to Suppress… That is the Question Tara Cooper, MPH, RI Department of Health click here

Multilevel Regression and Post-stratification Approach for Smalll Area Estimation of Population Outcomes at Local Geographic Areas Using Single State BRFSS via Parametric Bootstrapping Xi Zheng, MPH, MS, CT Department of Public Health      click here

Using Raking to Reweight the New Hampshire BRFSS for Substate Estimates Michael Laviolette, Ph.D., MPH, NH Department of Health and Human Services click here

Calculating BRFSS Small Area Estimates with Limited Staff and Other Resource Capacities Jessie Hammond, MPH, Leslie Barnard, MPH, VT Department of Health click here

CIDTs/Foodborne & Waterborne

Use of Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction-Based Diagnostic Testing for Enteric Infections in New York City, 2014-2016 Julia Latash, Bureau of Communicable Disease, NYC DOHMH click here

Hepatitis C

Using emergency department syndromic surveillance to measure injection drug use as an indicator for hepatitis C risk   Mark Bova MA Department of Public Health click here

STDs:  What’s love got to do with it? Sexually Transmitted Diseases Epidemiology in the Northeast

Shigella Infections with Decreased Susceptibility to Azithromycin and Association with Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections in New York City, 2014–2016 Katelynn Devinney, MPH, NYC DOHMH click here

Evaluation of Public Health Programs

Identifying Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Among Massachusetts Children Diagnosed with Otitis Media Using Claims Data, 2012 Joy Vetter, MA Department of Public Health click here

Plenary: “The Silent Syndemic of Opioids and HCV”, Arthur Kim,  MD click here

Late Breakers:  Outbreaks 

Kissing a Chick Will Make You Sick: A Fowl Case of Salmonella Kayla Donohue, MPH, VT Department of Health click here

Increase in  Cyclospora cayetanensis Infections, Connecticut, 2017  Blake Acquarulo, Yale Emerging Infections Program/CT Department of Public Health click here

Massachusetts Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality   Anna Agan, MA Department of Public Health click here

Late Breakers: Potpourri

Mortality among Refugees Compared to Immigrants and U.S.-Born Decedents, Massachusetts, 1995–2014 Laura Smock, MPH, MA Department of Public Health click here

Increasing hospitalizations for infective endocarditis among individuals with current or prior history of opioid use in Philadelphia, 2008–2015  Lia N. Pizzicato, MPH, Philadelphia Department of Public Health click here


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