Assessment report on the collaboration between health departments and poison centers
Description:A survey team of representatives from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sought to characterize current relationships between health departments (DOHs) and poison centers (PCs) nationwide to identify factors that hinder or promote successful collaborations. The team designed and administered two surveys in 2012; the first was administered to all 50 state DOHs and six city DOHs. The second survey was administered to all 57 U.S. PCs. Fifty-four of 56 DOHs (96.4%) completed the assessment, and 46 of 57 PCs (80.7%) completed the assessment. CSTE staff analyzed the DOH data and wrote a final report. We summarize in this report the results of the PC survey and the results of an additional analysis of DOH and PC surveys that were matched by service area or jurisdiction. Survey questions elicited responses regarding PC infrastructure (e.g., hospital-affiliated, university-based), degree of interactivity between the PC and DOH, funding amount and origin (e.g., state, local), current activities, data-sharing capabilities, likelihood of collaboration, and perceived impediments to collaboration.
The results of the two analyses presented in this report illustrate the wide spectrum of collaboration and partnerships that exist between PCs and DOHs across the country. All PCs reported at least some collaborative activities with their respective DOHs. Most PC respondents indicated that they also work with both state and local DOHs. Interactivity between PCs and DOHs reported by PCs varied highly, ranging from minimal contact and communication to active membership in DOH-planning activities. PCs most frequently reported funding and personnel issues as impediments to increasing collaboration with DOHs.
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