Epidemiology Capacity Assessment
The Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) is a standardized national assessment of state health departments' core epidemiology capacity. The main objectives of the ECA are to count and characterize the state-employed epidemiologist workforce and measure current core epidemiology capacity. ECA examines state capacity to perform four of the Essential Services of Public Health: (1) monitoring health status to identify and solve community problems; (2) diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community; (3) evaluating the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services; and (4) conducting and evaluating research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Assessment of Epidemiology Capacity in State Health Departments -- United States, 2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.58(49);1373-1377. 2009. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5849a1.htm