2013-2014 Annual Report: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division
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2013-2014 Annual Report: IDEPC Division (PDF)
It is my pleasure to present the 2013-14 biennial report of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. 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.
From H5N1 influenza to Ebola, the media has been filled with reports of infectious diseases. This report summarizes our work to control infectious disease in Minnesota and captures high points over the last two years.
Among the IDEPC activities spotlighted in this year’s report are:
- Monitoring travelers returning from Ebola-affected areas for Ebola in Minnesota.
- Linking people to health care and needed treatment.
- Protecting Minnesotans from disease through changes in law, collaboration with partners, and strengthening infrastructure.
- Building relationships with community media to provide timely health information to diverse audiences.
- Supporting community efforts to prevent disease.
This report represents only a snapshot of the infectious disease work done in IDEPC.
I would like to congratulate the staff of IDEPC for all their hard work and to commend them for their skill, dedication, and professionalism in service to the people of the state of Minnesota. Special thanks to our communication team for pulling this report together!
I invite you to read more about the important work our division does to help us meet our agency mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans.
Kristen R. Ehresmann, RN, MPH
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division
Past report: 2012 Annual Report: IDEPC Division, Distributed August 2013