Annual TN Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day

the tennessee emerging infections program scientific presentation day will be October 7, 2021


Annual TN Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day


Oct. 7, 2021

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT



Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Health Policy is approved as a provider of Continuing Education Programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program 137-002-21. This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To receive Continuing Education Credit you must: 

  • Sign in through Zoom Registration link, or go to website for additional options
  • Attend the entire Zoom meeting•Complete poster presentation poll questions
  • Complete the online evaluation by 11:59 pm, Friday, October 29, 2021
  • If you do not attend all sessions and do not complete poster presentation poll, no contact hours will be earned. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • PACE (for lab professionals) will award 4.0 contact hours and GNA (for nurses) will award 3.75 hours 

To claim CEU credit, please visit this link:


    9:00 –9:10 am Welcome and Thank You from Dr. Keipp Talbot and Dr. John Dunn 

    9:10 –9:50 am Challenges and Lessons Learned from COVID-NET and its Contribution to the COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Response

    Fiona Havers, MD, MHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

    • Describe how COVID-NET evolved over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Understand how different types of data are collected in COVID-NET
    • Demonstrate the value of COVID-NET surveillance data, and understand how COVID-NET surveillance data were used to shape public health policy


    9:50 –10:20 am COVID-19 [COVID Variants]

    Adam Lauring, MD, PhD, University of Michigan 

    • Define the properties of currently circulating variants
    • Explain how variants affect mitigation efforts and COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics
    • Discuss what to expect in the future


    10:20 –10:35 am Update on COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance in TN

    Marc Rumpler, MS, PhD, DABCC, Tennessee Department of Health 

    • Identify challenges with testing the wastewater matrix
    • Define the steps in the wastewater testing process
    • Explain the differences to conventional clinical analysis


    10:35 –10:45am Poster Presentation 

    10:45 –11:25am COVID 19 [Vaccines 101 Panel] 

         Buddy Creech, MD, MPH; Keipp Talbot, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center,

         John Dunn, DVM, PhD,  Tennessee Department of Health  

    • Update on currently available COVID-19 vaccines and their use in the adult and pediatric population


    11:25 –11:35 am Poster Presentation 

    11:35 –12:15 pm FoodNet [Changes in Enteric Disease Incidence from FoodNet Surveillance]

         Daniel Payne, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

    • To understand changes in the incidence of enteric US infections tracked by FoodNet during 2020
    • To hypothesize reasons for these epidemiologic changes during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • To describe results of the 2018-19 Population Survey and the newly released online calculation machine


    12:15 –12:40 pm Investigation into a Cyclospora cayetanensis Outbreak Linked to Mexican-Style Food Restaurants

         Heather Grome, MD, MPH, Tennessee Department of Health 

    • Understand epidemiology and risk factors for cyclosporiasis in the United States
    • Review how FoodNet and new advances in molecular sequencing for Cyclospora are used in current outbreak investigations
    • Review an outbreak investigation that occurred in Northeast, TN


    12:40 –1:00 pm Trends in Cervical Cancer Screening Every 3 or 5 Years per New Guidelines in Davidson County, Tennessee Women During 2006-2017

          Manideepthi Pemmaraju, MBBS, MPH, CCRP, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

    • Overview of cervical cancer screening guideline changes in the US
    • Review screening trends among privately and publicly insured women in DavidsonCounty, TN
    • Describe the disparities in screening by insurance types


    1:00 –1:10pm Poster Presentation 

    1:10 –1:20pm Closing Remarks