The Maryland Emerging Infections Program (MD EIP) is a working partnership among Maryland's statehealth department (the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or'DHMH'), the Johns HopkinsBloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine(UMSOM). Maryland became a national EIP network member site in 1997, and over the ensuing sevenyears, has developed into a mature partnership capable of performing active, laboratory-based surveillanceusing defined surveillance populations, conducting epidemiologic and laboratory infectious disease-relatedactivities, and responding rapidly to emerging infectious disease threats.The MD EIP proposes to continue its collaboration with CDC, other federal partners, and other EIP sites toasess the public health impact of, and respond to, emerging infections. Specifically, the MD EIP willparticipate in Active Bacterial Core Surveillance (ABCs), Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network(FoodNet), surveillance for respiratory diseases and syndromes, rapid population surveys, and humangenomics-related activities. With few exceptions, the catchment area for each of these activities will be theentire State. The MD EIP also proposes to provide leadership in the development of geographic informationsystems and spatial analytic models for the visualization of surveillance data, generation of hypotheses, anddescription of the codistributions of risk factors and pathogens. The MD EIP will continue to enhance itscapacity to quickly respond to newly emerging infectious disease issues by continuing to cross-train EIP staffand stengthen relationships with other partners (e.g. public health preparedness and response). A variety oftraining opportunities will also be provided for infection control practitioners, laboratorians, local healthdepartment staff, medical residents, and public health graduate students.
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