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Welcome to DSHS Research Rounds! 

“To him who devotes his life to science, nothing can give more happiness than increasing the number of discoveries, but his cup of joy is full when the results of his studies immediately find practical applications.” –Louis Pasteur

The Texas Department of State Health Services has created a summer educational series entitled DSHS Research Rounds.  The purpose of this program is to encourage the adoption of public health research into practice and foster a Texas Learning Community around research and best practices.  This series will highlight the work of Texas public health researchers and illustrate how their work has been or can be translated into practice.

This series will give public health professionals an opportunity to share their research for the benefit of practitioners. Practitioners will learn from Texas researchers about the literature and evidence supporting best practices in public health. 

Outline of Series:

Each session is 60 minutes in length, including a robust Q&A session, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in M100 conference room (see map). 

Research Rounds Skill Building Objectives:

  • Analyze public health research hypotheses, methodologies, and findings.
  • Describe how research findings advance the practice of public health.
  • Engage in a multi-disciplinary discussion of Texas public health research.

Questions? E-mail researchrounds@dshs.texas.gov

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July 25, 2018

TB in Texas: Application of Molecular Epidemiology in Guiding Cluster Investigations

Erica Mendoza
Erica Mendoza, BS

Tonya Conley
Lt. Commander 
Tonya Conley, EdD, RN
 

Presenters:
Erica Mendoza, BS

Epidemiologist, TB and Hansen’s Disease Branch, DSHS
Lieutenant Commander Tonya Conley, EdD, RN
Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Description:
This presentation will examine specific case studies demonstrating the application of novel molecular methods in detecting TB transmission. In addition to providing basic definitions, a brief overview of the cluster prioritization process will be outlined, allowing the audience to better understand the rationale for deeming certain clusters as priority. Speakers will engage the audience by posing an overarching question “why does this matter?”, while offering tangible interventions that may be applied in daily practice to curb TB transmission.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a TB cluster investigation and the current state of TB transmission in Texas.
  • Describe the utility of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in TB care and prevention.
  • Examine real world cluster investigations.

1.0 Continuing Education Credit/Contact Hour Available for the Following (live event only):

  • AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Certified Health Education Specialists & Master-Certified Health Education Specialists
  • Certified in Public Health
  • Registered Sanitarians
  • Social Workers

A certificate of attendance is available for those not seeking the credits/contact hours listed above.

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August 7, 2018

Use of an Enhanced Method to More Accurately Identify Maternal Deaths in Texas

Manda HallManda Hall, MD

archer, natalie
Natalie Archer, PhD

Sonia Baeva
Sonia Baeva, MA

Presenters:
Manda Hall, MD
Associate Commissioner for Community Health Improvement, DSHS
Natalie Archer, PhD
Medical Research Specialist, Community Health Improvement Division, DSHS  
Sonia Baeva, MA
Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Epidemiologist, Community Health Improvement Division, DSHS  

Description:
The death of a mother is an immeasurable loss for her children and family. Maternal mortality in Texas has been a topic of much concern and interest recently. The standard method for determining maternal death in the US relies solely on obstetric cause-of-death codes from death records. However, research has suggested that using this method may overestimate the number of maternal deaths. DSHS researchers used an enhanced method for maternal death identification to come up with a more accurate count of maternal deaths and subsequent maternal mortality rates in Texas for the year 2012. Details of this enhanced method and results of this investigation will be presented, along with information on DSHS efforts underway to improve maternal health and safety in Texas.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why the enhanced method for maternal death identification was used to obtain a more accurate count of Texas maternal deaths for 2012.
  • Describe why the previously-reported 2012 maternal mortality rate was inflated.
  • Discuss DSHS efforts currently underway to increase death certificate accuracy and improve maternal health and safety.

1.0 Continuing Education Credit/Contact Hour Available for the Following (live event only):

  • AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Certified Health Education Specialists & Master-Certified Health Education Specialists
  • Certified in Public Health
  • Registered Sanitarians
  • Social Workers

A certificate of attendance is available for those not seeking the credits/contact hours listed above.

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August 29, 2018

Brucella abortus Strain RB 51 Investigation: A One Health Approach

stoncipher, shelley Shelley Stonecipher DVM, MPH, DACVPM

massey, joel
Joel Massey, MD

stifflemire, sofia
Sofia Stifflemire, RS

Presenters:
Shelley Stonecipher DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Region 2/3 Zoonosis Control Veterinarian, DSHS 
Joel Massey, MD
Preventive Medicine Resident, Office of Academic Affairs, DSHS
Sofia Stifflemire, RS
Manager, Milk PSQA Group, Consumer Protection Division, DSHS


Description:
In July 2017, Brucella abortus RB51 infection was confirmed in a symptomatic Texas resident who consumed unpasteurized (raw) dairy products from a raw milk dairy licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A collaborative investigation involving federal, state, and local agencies using the One Health concept identified and controlled the source of RB51, identified those at risk, and made post-exposure prophylaxis and testing recommendations. One Health is a collaborative, multi-sectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the Brucella species and Brucella abortus RB 51. 
  • Describe the public health investigation and control of the first human case of Brucella abortus RB 51 infection related to the consumption of raw milk in the United States acquired domestically
  • Discuss how the One Health approach was utilized to optimize the investigation process and outcomes.

1.0 Continuing Education Credit/Contact Hour Available for the Following (live event only):

  • Doctors of Veterinary Medicine
  • Licensed Veterinary Technicians
  • AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Certified Health Education Specialists & Master-Certified Health Education Specialists
  • Certified in Public Health 
  • Registered Sanitarians
  • Social Workers

A certificate of attendance is available for those not seeking the credits/contact hours listed above.

  
  
  

Last updated July 20, 2018