Regional Epidemiology Network) started in
1983 as a one-day addition to the West Coast Epidemiology
conference. As the focus of West Coast Epi
was on communicable diseases, an alternative organization was needed to
address other public health issues.
WREN is an
annual informal gathering of local, state, federal, and tribal health
the front lines of environmental and occupational health, toxicology,
injury and chronic disease prevention, exposure assessment, emergency
preparedness, and disaster epidemiology. From a one-day conference of
about 20 people, WREN has grown to two and a half days during its heyday and
more than 60 attendees.
We meet each May to share our work, current projects, and to discuss mutual
problems and emerging issues. The duty of hosting rotates between the
state health departments of California, Oregon, and Washington.
include local, state, federal, and tribal epidemiologists, research scientists,
industrial hygienists, health educators, managers, emergency responders, and others. We have
also had participants from local and state environmental departments,
state OSHA programs, ATSDR, NIOSH, and attendees from Nevada, Utah,
Alaska, Arizona, western Canada, Russia, and China.