Epidemiology

Mission:

Our Mission is to protect and promote the health of the people of Texas. We use the principles of epidemiology to:

  • Operate disease registries
  • Conduct disease surveillance
  • Investigate unusual occurrences of disease
  • Assess environmental exposures
  • Conduct population research studies

in order to identify populations at risk, understand the cause of disease, and recommend actions to reduce risk.

Epidemiology Program Overview

  • Detect, respond to and investigate reports of communicable disease
  • Actively monitors disease incidences within the region to rapidly detect and address disease outbreaks, including bioterrorism events
  • Coordinate rapid response to High Consequences Infectious Diseases (HCID)
  • Promote comprehensive outbreak surveillance and investigation methodologies.
  • Promotes clinical awareness of notifiable diseases. 
  • Compile statistical case investigation data.
  • Coordinate planning efforts with public health disciplines and agencies to ensure surveillance mechanisms are in place
  • Provide technical guidance to officials in local, state, and federal agencies as well as medical providers

Disease Reporting
24/7 Disease Reporting Line
Phone: (888) 847-6892 / Fax: (915) 834-7842

 

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Program Directory

Name Title Phone Email Office Address
David Kolberson, RN, CCHP Program Manager (915)
834-7710         
david.kolberson@dshs.texas.gov

401 E. Franklin,
Ste. 210
El Paso, TX 79901

   
Vanessa Palacios, BSP, MCJ Epidemiology Supervisor (915)
834-7714
vanessa.palacios@dshs.texas.gov
Rebecca Basurto-Gonzalez, BS              Program Specialist III (915)
834-7852
Rebecca.Basurto-Gonzalez@dshs.texas.gov
VacantEpidemiologist I n/a n/a 
Vacant Program Specialist IIIn/a n/a 

 

Regional Reports and Statistics


PHR 9/10 Local Health Departments

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Last updated February 13, 2020