Faculty

Atar Baer

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

206-263-8154
atar.baer@kingcounty.gov

Education

PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2002
MPH Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 1997
BA Psychology, University of California, 1994

Contact

206-263-8154
atar.baer@kingcounty.gov

Public Health Seattle and King County
Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Program
401 5th Ave, Suite 1250
Seattle, WA 98104
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Bio

Atar Baer is an epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) with the Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Section, where she serves as the coordinator of the county's syndromic surveillance system. She designs and manages automated systems for collecting biosurveillance data; develops databases and tools to support the section's communicable disease surveillance activities; conducts epidemiologic investigations to support disease control and outbreak management; and evaluates the effectiveness of disease surveillance activities. As of 2014, she is the informatics lead for the Hepatitis C Test & Cure project, where she is tasked with establishing electronic lab and clinical reporting for hepatitis C and integrating the data into PHSKC’s local surveillance database. Prior to working at PHSKC, her research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the University of Washington focused on sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and human papillomavirus, as well as evaluation of novel approaches for cervical cancer screening and prevention. Atar holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Research Interests

  • Communicable disease prevention and control
  • Design and evaluation of public health surveillance systems

Recent Publications (PubMed)

A Population-Based Intervention to Improve Care Cascades of Patients With Hepatitis C Virus Infection.
(2021 Mar)
Hepatol Commun 5(3): 387-399
Scott J, Fagalde M, Baer A, Glick S, Barash E, Armstrong H, Kowdley KV, Golden MR, Millman AJ, Nelson NP, Canary L, Messerschmidt M, Patel P, Ninburg M, Duchin J

Epidemiology of Covid-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington.
(2020 May 21)
N Engl J Med 382(21): 2005-2011
McMichael TM, Currie DW, Clark S, Pogosjans S, Kay M, Schwartz NG, Lewis J, Baer A, Kawakami V, Lukoff MD, Ferro J, Brostrom-Smith C, Rea TD, Sayre MR, Riedo FX, Russell D, Hiatt B, Montgomery P, Rao AK, Chow EJ, Tobolowsky F, Hughes MJ, Bardossy AC, Oakley LP, Jacobs JR, Stone ND, Reddy SC, Jernigan JA, Honein MA, Clark TA, Duchin JS, Public Health–Seattle and King County, EvergreenHealth, and CDC COVID-19 Investigation Team.

COVID-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility - King County, Washington, February 27-March 9, 2020.
(2020 Mar 27)
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 69(12): 339-342
McMichael TM, Clark S, Pogosjans S, Kay M, Lewis J, Baer A, Kawakami V, Lukoff MD, Ferro J, Brostrom-Smith C, Riedo FX, Russell D, Hiatt B, Montgomery P, Rao AK, Currie DW, Chow EJ, Tobolowsky F, Bardossy AC, Oakley LP, Jacobs JR, Schwartz NG, Stone N, Reddy SC, Jernigan JA, Honein MA, Clark TA, Duchin JS, Public Health – Seattle & King County, EvergreenHealth, and CDC COVID-19 Investigation Team.

Design of an Enhanced Public Health Surveillance System for Hepatitis C Virus Elimination in King County, Washington.
(2020 Jan)
Public Health Rep 135(1): 33-39
Baer A, Fagalde MS, Drake CD, Sohlberg EH, Barash E, Glick S, Millman AJ, Duchin JS

National and Regional Representativeness of Hospital Emergency Department Visit Data in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program, United States, 2014.
(2016 Aug)
Disaster Med Public Health Prep 10(4): 562-9
Coates RJ, Pérez A, Baer A, Zhou H, English R, Coletta M, Dey A

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