ELC Epidemiology Workshop

2024 ELC Workshop

The Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Workshop is an annual epidemiology conference hosted by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Registration is free and is made possible through funding from the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement. The 2024 ELC Workshop will be held from February 15th - 16th, 2024, and will last approximately 1.5 days. This workshop will be held in-person only at the Commons Conference Center (J.J. Pickle Research Campus) in Austin, TX.


Registration is now open and limited to the first 300 attendees.
2024 ELC Workshop Registration


Below is the 2024 ELC Workshop Schedule for Thursday, February 15th through Friday, February 16th.  Please be aware that this schedule and the topics below may be subject to change prior to the event.

ELC Workshop

Location: J. J. Pickle Commons Conference Center

2024 ELC Conference Program

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2024 ELC Conference Speakers

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Time Activity/Session
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Check-in
8:30 am – 9:30 am Opening Plenary: The State of the State of Texas Public Health Infectious Diseases & Highlights of special analyses on RSV and COVID-19
9:30 am – 10:15 am Laboratory Services – The Steps to Submitting Specimens to DSHS Austin Laboratory
10:30 am – 11:30 am PHID – Public Health Informatics and Data Exchange Modernization and Enhancement Updates
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel – Communications During Public Health Investigations
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm PHR 7 – Managing Stress, Avoiding Burnout
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Healthcare Safety Unit – Candida Auris: The Fungus Among Us
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm PHR8 – Investigation of Human Rabies in a School-Aged Medina County Resident, Texas 2021
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Austin Public Health – Response to a White Powder Call, Experience and Lessons Learned

Friday, February 16, 2024

Time Activity/Session
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Check-in
8:30 am – 9:20 am VPD – New Case Definitions for Mumps, Polio, and Varicella Laboratory Services – Genetic Sequencing at DSHS Austin Laboratory: An Introduction Zoonosis – Coordinating with Other Agencies as Demonstrated in Three Investigations PHID – NEDSS Training
9:30 am – 10:20 am Beyond the Pool: Legionella Outbreak in a Community Fitness Center Updates on High Consequence Infectious Diseases: A Review of Statewide Mpox Cases and New Tools for Monitoring Healthcare Safety Unit – HAI-Lights: Bone Allograft, C. Auris in LTAC, Fungal Meningitis PHID – NEDSS Training
10:30 am – 11:20 am FB/WB – Cyclospora 2023 Season & Restaurant Outbreak Investigation and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli & Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: Epidemiology and NEDSS Reporting Data Analytics – 2022 Summary of Finalized Data and Results and 2023 QA Panel – Disease Investigation Interviewing Zoonosis – Lessons Learned from an Autochthonous Malaria Investigation
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Closing Plenary - Dr. Grace Kubin

Travel Reimbursement Requests

Travel reimbursement may be available for conference attendees if travel costs do not exceed GSA rates. Information about travel reimbursement procedures will be available at the Event Booth on request.

DSHS Employees: You will need to have travel approved beforehand by routing a Travel Authorization Form, as is standard for travel requests.Visit the DSHS Travel website (only available via DSHS intranet) for details.

For questions, email EAIDUConference@dshs.texas.gov.

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