Health Service Services Region 6-5 South Epidemilogy Response

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Huai Lin, M.D., Ph. DTexas 211 Logo
Regional Epidemiologist
DSHS Health Service Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave., Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3232
Fax: 713-767-3006

Anthony O. Eshofonie, M.D., M.P.H
Epidemiologist
DSHS Health Service Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave., Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3343
Fax: 713-767-3006
Cell: 832-628-9644

Latasha Martin

Epidemiology Investagator
DSHS Health Service Region 6/5S
5425 Polk Ave., Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3010
713-767-3232

Bobbiejean Garcia 

Epidemiologist

DSHS Health Service Region 6/5S

5425 Polk Ave., Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3404
Fax: 713-767-3006

Krista Swanson

Epidemiologist

DSHS Health Service Region 6/5S

5425 Polk Ave., Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3004
Fax: 713-767-3006


 

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 January 27, 2014