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Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative
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Stay up-to-date on the latest epidemiology and evaluation peer exchange resources

for 1815 and 1817
- Join EEC! -

Contact MaryCatherine Jones,
or Hannah Herold,


Our meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm ET. Please contact Hannah Herold or MaryCatherine Jones to request the EEC calendar appointment series and we will add you to our distribution list.

Epidemiology & Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)

Welcome to EEC! We are glad to have you visit.

Who We Are
What EEC Members Are Saying
Who Can Become a Member

Meet Your EEC Leaders

Meet Your EEC Consultants

Epidemiology & Surveillance Resources and Webinars

General Guidance on Epidemiology, Surveillance & Evaluation

Who we are

EEC is a group of nearly 175 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 1815 and 1817 grants.

EEC meetings are facilitated by members with support from NACDD.

Staff from CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention's Applied Research and Evaluation Branch (AREB) and Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) and CDC Division for Diabetes Translation 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 

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!

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.

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

Everyone working on the 1815 and 1817 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 Leads)

What They Do

EEC Leads co-facilitate monthly conference calls, 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 1815/1817 epidemiologists and evaluators. In addition to their work with EEC, EEC Leads also serve on the NACDD CVH Council, an elected group of 1815/1817 Category B representatives that meets monthly and provides input on NACDD projects and technical assistance needs related to cardiovascular health, hypertension control, and community-clinical linkages.

EEC Lead Bios

Lara Kaye is an Evaluation Specialist for New York State Department of Health in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Evaluation and Research. As part of a team, she conducts evaluations and works on performance measures for the CDC 1815 and 1817 grants. For the past four years, she functioned as the lead evaluator on the CDC 1422 grant.She enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, yoga, climbing, music, cooking and eating! 


Shelby Vadjunec is the Evaluator for the Chronic Disease Prevention Program at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. She works on 1815 and 1817 evaluation and performance measures. Shelby’s background in research helped magnify her passion for details, data, and design. She is energized by a challenging task and Google is her friend. When away from her desk, you’ll likely find Shelby enjoying time with her niece, being outdoors, watching sports, or relaxing with her dogs. 


 Emily Johnson, LMSW (she/her/hers), is a Program Evaluator at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas. She leads the evaluation for 1815 and 1817 and supports the evaluation of other programs related to diabetes and heart disease in Texas. Emily’s training as a social worker has given her clinical experience and a passion for strengths-based, identity-informed approaches to complex health challenges. Emily enjoys running, playing guitar, and reading.


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 Applied Research and Evaluation Branch (AREB) and Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) leadership as well as CSTE to address chronic disease epidemiology/surveillance, evaluation, and performance measurement needs and to coordinate technical assistance and peer exchange.

Consultant Bios

  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 and Council, 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 1815 and 1817 epidemiology and evaluation. She enjoys island vacations, singing off key, dancing with her daughter, and solving mysteries. She lives in Florida.
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Hannah Herold, former Chronic Disease Prevention Program manager for the Wyoming Department of Health, works with MaryCatherine and with CDC to ensure that the needs of the states are identified and met. Hannah lives in Wyoming.


Epidemiology & Surveillance Resources and Webinars

Epidemiology is from Mars...Evaluation is from Venus: The Intersections where Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Meet

Presentation by Robert Merritt, CDC DHDSP Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch Chief, Michael Schooley, CDC DHDSP Applied Research and Evaluation Branch Chief, and Hillary Wall, MA Department of Public Health

Issue Report on All Payer Claims Databases for Hypertension and Diabetes Surveillance

All Payer Claims Databases (APCDs) are state-level data sources that can potentially enhance traditional chronic disease surveillance efforts by providing patient-level inpatient, outpatient, pharmacy, enrollment, and other administrative claims data across participating health plans. This report explains the experiences of epidemiologists from six states with APCD access and use related to cardiovascular and diabetes surveillance. Report on All Payer Claims Databases for Hypertension and Diabetes Surveillance

Compelling Evaluation Reports and Presentations 2017

View the slides from the September 2017 NACDD Chronic Disease Academy workshop in St. Louis, MO, presented by MaryCatherine Jones and Trina Thompson.

Dancing Your Way through the CDC 6-Step Evaluation Framework 2017

View the slides from the September 2017 NACDD Chronic Disease Academy workshop in St. Louis, MO, presented by MaryCatherine Jones and Zarina Fershteyn.

Evaluation and Surveillance Resources from State 1305 and Chronic Disease Programs Access evaluation and surveillance surveys, tools, reports, and other resources shared by EEC members here.

Top Tips for Beautiful, Informative Maps Webinar (April 2017) This CDC/NACDD webinar includes a presentation from CDC's Sharon Murphyon how to create clear, easy-to-read and effective GIS maps.

    Webinar recording
    Webinar slides
    Handout: CDC Cartographic Guidelines for Public Health

    Handout:Step by Step Guide

Data Visualization Webinar (January 2017) 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 introducing the CDC GIS widget for the Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke.
    Webinar recording
    Booker Daniels presentation slides
    Linda Schieb presentation slides
    Handout:  Infographics at CDC: A Standards Guide

    Handout:  Creative Brief template

CDC Epidemiology & Surveillance Overview Webinar (November 2015) In this webinar, Robert Merritt, Chief and Supervisory Health Scientist, provided an introduction to the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) and described ESB projects that relate to 1305 and 1422 funding and the technical assistance resources available to states. Participants also had an opportunity to discuss state training and technical assistance needs for epidemiology and surveillance relating to 1305 and 1422, particularly related to health systems and heart disease and stroke prevention.   
Webinar recording here

For information about Epidemiology & Surveillance webinars, contact MaryCatherine Jones:


•  Official EEC Snack: Brownies
•  Official Song: The EEClectric Slide
•  Official Dance: The EEClectric Slide
•  Official Handshake: Handshake #3


EEC was developed in 2009-2010 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. We 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 ourselves working across categorical program areas and chronic disease domains rather than specifically in Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. We reformatted the group so that epidemiologists and evaluators working in every part of 1305 and 1422 would find a home with us. Now, we have shifted to 1815 and 1817 and look to support epidemiologists and evaluators working with HDSP and diabetes strategies, data collection, performance measurement and evaluation.

Between 2011 and 2018, the number of states represented on EEC tripled from 15 to 47. As of 2019, nearly all states have representatives on EEC and most states involve multiple staff in our group. 

General Guidance on Epidemiology, Surveillance & Evaluation

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