2015-2016: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division
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Biennial Report 2015-2016: IDEPC Division (PDF)
I am pleased to introduce the 2015-2016 biennial report of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. The IDEPC Division is responsible for responding to approximately 90 infectious diseases that are reportable to us by law, Minnesota Rules 4605.7000 (see page 2). This report highlights several activities of the Division but is only a snapshot of the breadth of infectious disease work happening across the Division.
Responding to, monitoring the occurrence of, and developing strategies for preventing and controlling infectious diseases is both demanding and exciting work. Every year brings new challenges and lessons. Over the last two years we responded to diseases new to us (Zika, MERS) and to well known diseases that are re-emerging (mumps, syphilis). Our ability to respond is directly related to our existing infrastructure. Much of our work is driven by federal expectations and requirements; over 92 percent of the Division’s work is federally funded through grants. About 7 percent of our activities are supported by the State General Fund, and less than 1 percent of our work is funded by State Government Special Revenue (SGSR) funds.
It was another successful biennium for IDEPC. I would like to thank the staff of IDEPC for their excellent work as well as our partners in local public health, health care, and community groups who make our success possible.
Kristen R. Ehresmann, RN, MPH
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division