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International Society for Disease Surveillance

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to the improvement of population health by advancing the science and practice of disease surveillance. ISDS’s 400+ membership represents professional and academic subject matter experts in the fields of public health surveillance, clinical practice, health informatics, health policy, and other areas related to national and global health surveillance.


ISDS works toward a vision of timely, effective, and coordinated disease prevention and response among a skilled public health workforce through programs that position us at the vanguard of the disease surveillance field. Ongoing ISDS activities include:

  • Building and sustaining a surveillance Community of Practice (CoP).
  • Fostering innovations in surveillance research and practice.
  • Increasing public health capacity by providing support and technical expertise to local, regional, and federal public health practitioners in the United States and around the world.
  • Developing targeted resources to inform and expand the dialogue on timely topics of interest to the surveillance community.
  • Hosting surveillance education and training activities that build workforce competencies.
  • Convening the ISDS annual conference and disseminating findings by publishing abstracts in print and online proceedings.

ISDS is governed by a ten member Board of Directors that represents national and international leaders in disease surveillance.

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