Public Health Region 8 - Epidemiology

E-mail: Region8.Epi@dshs.texas.gov
Fax: 512-206-3995
Note: PHI must be sent via fax or secure, encrypted e-mail

24/7 Public Health Emergency and Disease Reporting Line: 210-949-2121

Epidemiology Manager
Elise Rush, MPH, CIC
210-949-2095
Elise.Rush@dshs.texas.gov

Purpose

The 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 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 disease reports
  • Provide subject matter expertise to prevent the spread of disease, including:
    • Laboratory testing recommendations for communicable diseases
    • Prophylactic treatment guidance for individuals exposed to communicable diseases
    • School/work exclusion criteria for ill individuals
    • Isolation and quarantine guidance for ill individuals
  • Monitor trends of communicable diseases occurring in the community
  • Prepare for public health emergencies, 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

Surveillance & Data

Reporting Forms

Resources