Purpose: To explore innovative strategies for the analysis of STD surveillance data that produces information that can be used to inform STD program activities at state and local departments of health
Methods (instructional approach): In an interactive forum, presenters will provide a background overview of the usefulness of having a resource document such as an Epi Profile. Presenters will lead with providing real examples of how data have been analyzed in the form of figures, tables, and maps to summarize and characterize disease transmission within different communities in the United States. Discussion will center around examples of analyses that are practical and that produce data that can be used to guide program activities. Presenters will describe the resources necessary for performing such analyses and will share experiences of how these analyses have been used to guide activities in programs in different parts of the United States.