2012 Annual Report: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division

I am pleased to introduce the first annual report of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division (IDEPC) at the Minnesota Department of Health. Our mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. In our division, we monitor the occurrence of infectious diseases, develop strategies for preventing and controlling disease, and work to put those strategies into action. All Minnesotans are served by the work of IDEPC.

Organizationally, IDEPC is divided into three sections: the Acute Disease Investigation and Control (ADIC) Section, the Immunization, Tuberculosis and International Health (ITIH) Section, and the STD and HIV Section. Additionally, we have eight field epidemiologists working in district offices across the state.

This is an exciting and important time to work in the area of infectious disease.

Today’s infectious disease challenges are broader and more complex. The diversity of organisms and their ability to evolve and adapt to changing populations, environments, and technologies creates ongoing threats to health as well as challenges to disease prevention and control activities. International travel and immigration has created the potential for rapid transmission of infectious diseases such as pandemic influenza and measles; antibiotic resistance has made treatment of STDs more difficult; changes in climate can cause infectious diseases to emerge in new areas; human encroachment on wilderness areas increase the contact with zoonotic and vectorborne diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile; and racial and ethnic health disparities continue for many diseases, including HIV.

I am grateful for a dedicated staff in IDEPC; their hard work, skill and professionalism ensure Minnesota is ready to meet the infectious disease challenges of the future.

I invite you to read our annual report to learn more about the work of our division during 2012.

Kristen R. Ehresmann, RN, MPH
Director
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 at 01:21PM