Health Service Services Region 6-5 South Epidemilogy Response

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Huai Lin, M.D., Ph. DTexas 211 Logo
Regional Epidemiologist
DSHS Public Health Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave. Houston TX 77023
713-767-3232 (t)
713-767-3006 (f)
713-259-0591 (c)

Bobbiejean Garcia, MPH, CIC
HAI Epidemiologist
DSHS Public Health Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave. Houston TX 77023
713-767-3404 (t)
713-767-3006 (f)
832-728-4741 (c)

Neeti Karmacharya, MPH
Epidemiologist
DSHS Public Health Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave. Houston TX 77023
713-767-3004 (t)
713-767-3006 (f)
713-259-05887 (c)

Kiley Mann, MPH
Epidemiologist
DSHS Public Health Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave. Houston TX 77023
713-767-3343 (t)
713-767-3006 (f)
832-628-9644 (c)

Ekaete Okon, MPH
Epidemiology Investigator
DSHS Public Health Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave. Houston TX 77023
713-767-3010 (t)
713-767-3006 (f)

Toll-Free Disease Reporting Line: 1-800-270-3128


Purpose

Epidemiology Response Program PictureThe mission of the Epidemiology Program is to protect healthy communities by reducing the burden of illness, hospitalization and death from diseases that are spread person-to-person.

The Epidemiology Program works together with local health departments, health care professionals, hospitals, schools, residential and correctional facilities, county officials, emergency management personnel, employers, and the general public.


Activities

  • Receive and respond to reports of diseases that can be spread from person-to-person
  • For cases or outbreaks of illness, identify healthy persons who may be at risk and institute prompt action to prevent the spread of disease
  • Investigate mysterious or unexplained illnesses that might be spread person-to-person
  • Track and monitor the amount and type of communicable disease occurring in the community
  • Monitor emergency room visits in participating hospitals for early detection of events of public health significance
  • Prepare, through education and training, to deal with a public health emergency, such as an act of bioterrorism or a worldwide outbreak (pandemic) of disease
  • Safeguard communities from unhealthy conditions following a flood, tornado, or other disaster
  • Offer guidance and subject matter expertise for the coordination of laboratory testing, prophylaxis, contact tracing, school/work exclusion, isolation and quarantine based on the latest recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

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Last updated April 23, 2018