National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) Expert Panel - Part I: Leading Community Groups

Presented February 13, 2019.

This webinar is the first installment of the 2-part NSSP CoP Expert Panel Webinar Series on Being a Leader in Your Community. Click here to view Part II: Facilitating Groups & Meetings 

February 19, 2019

Enhancing Provider Reporting of Notifiable Diseases using HIE-enabled Decision Support

Traditionally, public health agencies (PHAs) wait for hospital, laboratory or clinic staff to initiate case reports. However, this passive approach is burdensome for reporters and produces incomplete and delayed reports, which can hinder assessment of disease in the community and potentially delay recognition of patterns and outbreaks. Modern surveillance practice is shifting toward greater use of electronically transmitted disease information.

June 18, 2019

Using Electronic Health Records for Public Health Hypertension Surveillance

Hypertension (HTN) is a highly prevalent chronic condition and strongly associated with morbidity and mortality. HTN is amenable to prevention and control through public and population health programs and policies. Therefore, public and population health programs require accurate, stable estimates of disease prevalence, and estimating HTN prevalence at the community-level is acutely important for timely detection, intervention, and effective evaluation. Current surveillance methods for HTN rely upon community-based surveys, such as the BRFSS.

January 25, 2018

BioSense 2.0 Governance: Surveying Users and Stakeholders for Continued Development

The CDC's BioSense 2.0 system is designed with a user-centered approach, where the needs and requests of the users are part of its continued development. User requirements were gathered extensively to help design BioSense 2.0 and users continue to submit feedback which is used to make improvements to the system. However, in order to ensure that these needs are gathered in a formal and ongoing way, the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group, comprised primarily of state and local public health representatives, was established to advise the CDC on the development of BioSense 2.0.

August 22, 2018

Secrets of My Success (and Failures): Productive Practitioner/Researcher Collaboration

Two public health practitioners will describe their experiences collaborating with University researchers to develop and evaluate new informatics tools for public health. They will identify factors that led to the successes and failures in those collaborations.


Joe Gibson, MPH, PhD, Director of Epidemiology - Marion County Public Health Department
Arthur Davidson, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Informatics - Denver Health

Date and Time

Friday, December 16, 2011

October 18, 2017

Placing surveillance in a preparedness business process framework

Most public health workers could reach agreement on the general functions and operations regarding public health’s traditional operations, such as food safety inspections, outbreak investigations, or immunization clinics. However, there is much less shared understanding about public health’s emergency preparedness activities.


June 21, 2019

Utilizing Emergency Department Data to Evaluate Primary Care Clinic Hours

In addition to utilizing syndromic surveillance data to respond to public health threats and prepare for major incidents, local health departments can utilize the data to examine patient volumes in the emergency departments (EDs) of local hospitals. The information obtained may be valuable to hospital and clinic administrators who are charged with allocating resources. 

July 30, 2018

Expert Meeting on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Other Legal and Ethical Issues in Syndromic Surveillance

For syndromic and related public health surveillance systems to be effective, state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) need access to a variety of types of health data. Since the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems in recent years, health departments have gained varied levels of access to personal health information for inclusion in these systems.

July 30, 2018

Super Bowl Surveillance: A Practical Exercise in Inter-Jurisdictional Public Health Information Sharing

When the Chicago Bears met the Indianapolis Colts for Super Bowl XLI in Miami in January, 2007, fans from multiple regions visited South Florida for the game. In the past, public health departments have instituted heightened local surveillance during mass gatherings due to concerns about increased risk of disease outbreaks. For the first time, in 2007, health departments in all three Super Bowl-related regions already practiced daily disease surveillance using biosurveillance information systems (separate installations of the ESSENCE system, developed at JHUAPL).

July 30, 2018

Increasing the Return-on-Investment from Syndromic Surveillance: Putting the Systems to Work for Routine Local Health Department Activities

Since October 2004, the Indiana State Health Department and the Marion County Health Department have been developing and using a syndromic surveillance system based on emergency department admission data. The system currently receives standards-based HL7 emergency department visit data, including free-text chief complaints from 72 hospitals throughout the state. Fourteen of these hospitals are in Marion County, which serves the Indianapolis metropolitan region (population 865,000).



July 30, 2018


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