In 2018, the CSTE Foundation (CSTEF) was established to address critical funding shortages at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and support their mission to develop, expand and diversify the epidemiology workforce.
Applied Epidemiologists at the state and local level are the public’s disease detectives. We rely on them to safeguard our health as they respond rapidly to emergencies such as COVID-19, anthrax, measles, Zika virus, West Nile virus, the opioid epidemic, gun violence, multi-state foodborne illnesses, and natural disasters. Their work eliminates or limits disease transmission every day and prevents disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
Our goal is to save lives and improve the public’s health by strengthening the 1,700+ members of CSTE and their public health agencies. We believe education plus funding for new, developmental, and under-resourced efforts will have the benefit of:
Improving disease surveillance and epidemiologic practice
through training and capacity development
Promoting effective use of data to guide public health practices,
thus saving lives and limiting the spread of debilitating disease and death