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1305/1422 Epidemiology & Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)
Who we are
EEC is a group of over 80 chronic disease epidemiologists and evaluators who come together monthly to ask questions, share ideas and resources, and discuss common challenges related to epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation, and performance measurement associated with the 1305 and 1422 grants.
EEC meetings are facilitated by members with support from NACDD.
Staff from CDC DHDSP Applied Research and Evaluation Branch (AREB) and Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) regularly attend EEC calls to listen and understand the work taking place at the state level and to provide clarification on guidance, timelines, and resources.
What EEC members are saying
“Having the EEC has created a networking group I feel like I can bounce ideas off of and learn from. Evaluation of 1305 is complex, so being able to wade through those waters with others who understand is a huge blessing to me.”
“I am REALLY thankful that we have the EEC. In just a few short months of being involved, I have found it has been a great resource and networking group to be a part of. I am thrilled to have a group to connect with over 1305 evaluation issues/needs. Thank you for all you’re doing!”
“I felt at first like I was a troublemaker, but then felt gratified that so many others had the same types of problems that we've had.”
“Often, I hear updates and announcements through EEC before it filters through the CDC emails and progress calls. I’ve had other EEC members weigh in on some of our data collection tools and review evaluation indicators when we are revising our evaluation plans for 1305 and 1422.”
“One of the great benefits has been sharing resources specifically related to performance measurement and evaluation for the 1422 project. Additionally, it has been helpful to get clarification from CDC reps on the call regarding reports and logistics.”
“The biggest benefit is hearing from other Epis/Evaluators on their work within their state and being able to solicit feedback on barriers we face regarding data collection, data queries, etc.”
Who can become an EEC member?
Anyone working on 1305 and 1422 grants is welcome to join. Our conversations focus on data-related issues, including accessing, analyzing, and reporting data. Many of our members identify with the terms “epidemiologist” or “evaluator,” even though their job titles might be different.
Not sure if EEC is for you? Come to a meeting and see how we work.
Meet Your LEECders (EEC Leaders)
What they do
EEC Leaders co-facilitate monthly meetings, help to plan agendas, review meeting notes, and work closely with NACDD to ensure that our programming and methods are effective in meeting the needs of 1305/1422 epidemiologists and evaluators. In addition to their work with EEC, EEC Leaders also serve on the NACDD CVH Leadership Team, which meets monthly and provides input on NACDD projects and technical assistance needs related to health systems and hypertension control.
EEC Leader Bios
Rachael Austin is a Research Scientist with the Bureau of Chronic Disease Evaluation and Research at the New York State Department of Health. In this role, she oversees surveillance and evaluation efforts in support of CDC-funded activities to improve the prevention and control of hypertension and diabetes (1305 and 1422). Rachael has an MPH in epidemiology and loves transforming data into action to inform public health planning. She also enjoys geeking out over SAS and GIS analysis techniques. When she’s not at the office, you can find Rachael running lots of miles on the road/ trails, taking pictures her food, and adventuring with her husband and maltipom.
Brittany Brown is the Epidemiology and Evaluation Coordinator for Utah. She oversees all the epidemiology and evaluation work for both 1305 and 1422. Brittany is passionate about improving the quality of life of people living in Utah and enjoys survey design. She is a competitive figure skater and loves to travel and hike with her dog.
Liz Gebhart is the Evaluation Coordinator for Nebraska’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program at the Department of Health and Human Services. She conducts the evaluations for 1305 Enhanced and 1422 while working collaboratively with the team’s epidemiologist on performance measures. Prior to moving to Nebraska from Missouri, she was trained as a leader for Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and has since become a master trainer for CDSMP as well as the Diabetes Self-Management Program. She enjoys drinking an abundant amount of coffee (especially in her “I heart spreadsheets” mug), spin classes, DIY projects and spending time with her yellow Labrador.
Paul Meddaugh is an epidemiologist working as a Public Health Analyst for the Vermont Department of Health. He conducts all epidemiology and surveillance related to 1305 topics and supports the program evaluator. Paul is dedicated to public health and as a trained biomedical anthropologist is passionate about looking at the human-disease interaction as a way to examine health issues. Paul loves being on or near the water, marine life, and American history. He volunteers with the animal care department at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and enjoys sailing, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and visiting historic sites/museums.
Meet Your EEC Consultants
What they do
NACDD consultants provide administrative support for meetings, including coordinating membership, developing agendas with the EEC Leaders and membership, taking meeting minutes, and disseminating questions, ideas, and resources among the membership between meetings. NACDD consultants meet regularly with the DHDSP AREB and ESB leadership as well as CSTE to address chronic disease epidemiology/surveillance needs and to coordinate trainings.
Our lead consultant, MaryCatherine Jones, works primarily on NACDD projects funded through the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and facilitates EEC, the CVH Network Leadership Team, and the GIS Network, all of which provide opportunities for states to share ideas and resources in ways that make everyone’s work easier, or at least more pleasurable. As one of the EEC founders and early chairs, MaryCatherine is passionate about our group and committed to making it as effective as possible in meeting the broad range of peer support and technical assistance needs associated with 1305 and 1422 epidemiology and evaluation. She enjoys island vacations, singing off key, fake dancing, and solving mysteries. She lives in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Miriam Patanian has been involved with EEC as a consultant since its inception. She works with MaryCatherine and with CDC to ensure that the needs of the states are identified and met. While neither an evaluator nor an epidemiologist, we value Miriam’s insight and ability to connect our work with that of the program staff. She leads the CVH and health systems efforts with NACDD, so she is able to advocate for us across the association and with national partners. She lives in Georgia with her husband and two children—you can find them on a trail, in the backyard, or hanging out with a book.
· Official EEC Snack: Brownies
· Official Song: The EEClectric Slide
· Official Dance: The EEClectric Slide
· Official Handshake: Voting in process! Winner to be announced by February EEC meeting.
EEC was developed as a subcommittee of the NACDD Cardiovascular Health Steering Committee, with the purpose of providing support to epidemiologists and evaluators working in state Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs. EEC grew as state members saw a need for an opportunity to participate in regular meetings with peers.
With the advent of the 1305 grant, EEC members increasingly found themselves working across categorical program areas and chronic disease domains rather than specifically in Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. They reformatted the group so that epidemiologists and evaluators working in every part of 1305 and 1422 would find a home with us.
Between 2011 and 2016, EEC has grown from 15 states to 39 states.
See what EEC did?
Evaluation and Surveillance Resources from State 1305 and Chronic Disease Programs
January 18, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern
This CDC/NACDD webinar includes a presentation from CDC's Booker Daniels on how to create effective infographics and a presentation by DHDSP's Linda Schieb introduces the CDC GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke.
CDC Epidemiology & Surveillance Overview recorded webinar (November 2015)
General Guidance on Epidemiology, Surveillance & Evaluation