Through the ELC Cooperative Agreement, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, Division of Laboratory Services, Division of Public Health Protection and Safety and Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) personnel will: 1) provide assistance to state and local health departments and community providers; 2) facilitate improved surveillance and response to infectious diseases; 3) shorten turnaround time in the reporting of foodborne illnesses via the electronic National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS); 4) prevent and controlling health-care associated infections; 5) conduct antimicrobial resistance surveillance; 6) prevent and conduct influenza and vaccine-preventable disease surveillance; and 7) conduct vector-borne disease and vector surveillance; and 8) assist in building and strengthening the relationship between epidemiologic capacity, laboratory services, and health information systems [i.e. ELR (Electronic Laboratory Report), HIE (Health Information Exchange). Positions funded through ELC provide support in cross-cutting activities regarding disease surveillance, investigation, reporting, and HIS services throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Divisions continue to work with IT to assist in the integration of ELR and HIS programs to facilitate a quicker turn-around time of patient information and laboratory reporting from hospitals. The IT programmer is familiar with Rhapsody and commpoints essential to the NEDSS program and continues to be instrumental in coordination and collaboration with HIS staff. Continued ELC support is critical to increasing the capacity and ensuring the success of the epidemiology, laboratory, and health information systems services that DPH provides to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Continued ELC funds will enable Kentucky to continue: 1) providing staff services to local and state public health programs; 2) performing surveillance of diseases of
public health importance; 3) detecting new and emerging infectious disease threats; 4) identifying and responding to disease outbreaks; 5) and enhancing the timely reporting of public health surveillance data.