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Nicole experienced a life highlight when she visited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016.

The North Sound ACH’s Research & Data Analyst, Nicole Willis, has received a scholarship to attend the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ (CSTE) Annual Conference, June 10-14 in Florida. The scholarship extends to a daylong Substance Use & Mental Health Surveillance Workshop, where she hopes to gain further insights to support the data-driven needs of North Sound ACH initiatives and learn about the latest tools/resources that can be shared and implemented throughout the region.  

Every year CSTE hosts over 1,400 state and local epidemiologists at its conference to consider pressing public health issues facing the nation. Conference activities will include important workshops, breakout sessions, plenaries and other scheduled events related to a diverse agenda of public health and epidemiology topics. CSTE is a leader in developing standards of practice for epidemiology, informatics and surveillance, their work on establishing core health indicators is vital to the monitoring and tracking of substance use and mental health needs locally. CSTE is also supports effective public health surveillance and epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation.

The practices of epidemiology, informatics and surveillance is vital to the work of the ACH, as they ensure effective use of data to guide population health improvement. Which is why we are so lucky to have Nicole, who prior to joining the ACH was a public health epidemiologist and a recipient of a CSTE/CDC Informatics Fellowship.

Congratulations, Nicole!   We’re thankful to have you on our team!

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