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Chronic Disease Surveillance

Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Informatics Services (ESI) leads the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s efforts to collect and monitor the amount of infectious and chronic diseases in the community. Additionally, ESI also leads the agency’s emergency preparedness planning efforts as well as provide technical support for agency programs such as data analysis and public health informatics (computer support) activities.


ESI Services Include

  • Conducting disease / outbreak investigations
  • Monitoring the amount of disease in the community
  • Planning for county wide emergencies
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of agency programs
  • Helping agency programs with computer related activities

Disease/Outbreak Investigations

  • Provide information on new, existing, and/or potential health threats to medical care providers and the public
  • Prevent illness outbreaks by promoting healthy habits within the community
  • Look into potential causes for illness outbreaks

Disease Tracking

  • Monitor the amount of infectious and chronic diseases in the community
  • Create reports for reportable, infectious (e.g. e coli) diseases
  • Create a weekly flu report during flu season (October through May)

Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning

  • Help local communities with preparedness planning and response efforts
  • Take part in disaster preparedness exercises to assess local emergency response during and after disasters (such as floods, blizzards, earthquakes, tornados) and accidents (such as fires, chemical spills, broken water or sewer structures)
  • Help find medicine and medical supplies during a large community emergency
  • Coordinate planning efforts with local health departments in the five county Northeast Ohio region (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain counties)

Related or Community Resources and Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Cleveland Department of Public Health
Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing
Ohio Department of Health 
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
US Census