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Epidemiology Workgroup

The Epidemiology Workgroup is NACCHO's expert advisers for promoting the practice of epidemiology at the local health department level of government by being a venue for policy development, news, exchanges of information, and tools useful for epidemiologic practice.

Mission Statement and Vision Statement

Promote the critical role of epidemiology at the local public health level to prevent and control diseases and unhealthy conditions through education and training, expert advice, and policy recommendations.

Click here for more information about the Epidemiology Workgroup's Mission and Vision Statements.

This mission includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrate the importance of locally-relevant data that can describe the health status of the overall, as well as different sub-populations, within local jurisdictions;
  • Provide expert advice and policy recommendations regarding disease prevention and control to local, state, and federal health authorities;
  • Work in collaboration with the workgroups of the Community Health, Preparedness, and Public Health Infrastructure and Systems teams of NACCHO to advance the practice of public health at the local level;
  • Represent NACCHO and local health departments to national partners, legislative leaders, the media, and the public regarding surveillance, trends, health risks, protective factors, and other health-related issues;
  • Proactively provide the perspective of the importance of the practice of epidemiology at the local health department to national and state health promotion and disease prevention and control programs;
  • Use presence (or absence) of locally-relevant data to promote and assist in mobilizing funding for health promotion and disease prevention and control activities of local health departments;
  • Identify gaps or deficits in training or practice needs of local epidemiologists and help to develop or locate resources to fill such needs; 
  • Identify tools, best practices and resources that can improve the practice of epidemiology at the local public health level;
  • Facilitate collaboration of epidemiologic practice at the local level with state and federal health promotion and disease prevention and control programs.

The vision statement is to help inform public health partners, policy makers, and the public to recognize, value, and incorporate the critical role of epidemiology at the local public health level in creating a world free of suffering, disability, and death due to unhealthy conditions and diseases.