Getting Started on the Community Forums
Welcome to the Community Forums! First, we would like to thank you for playing a critical role in the growth and vitality of our online community. We hope that you enjoy what the Community Forums have to offer and that you are an active member of what continues to be a vibrant, informative, and supportive aspect of our community.
Communication and interaction are fundamental to the success of any community and the aim of the Community Forums is to bring members closer together to share comments, questions, and ideas for improving public health surveillance across a wide range of domains.
You must be signed into an account on www.healthsurveillance.org to post to a forum. If you do not have an account, please click here to register (Note: ISDS membership is not required).
1. How to create a new topic/thread in an existing forum – to post a new topic/thread to a forum, click on the forum name and click on "New Topic" in the middle of the grey menu bar. Click here for a short video demonstration.
2. How to reply to a topic/thread on an existing forum– click on the topic name within a forum and click on “Reply” in the middle of the grey menu bar.
3. How to subscribe to forum/thread updates to be notified when someone posts to a forum or thread – Click here for a short video demonstration
a. To subscribe to Forum updates, click on the forum name and then click “Forum Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu.
b. To subscribe to Topic/Thread Updates, click on the title of thread/topic and click on “Thread Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu.
For additional help, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on Forums and Blogs.
• Be courteous. Please display a positive, friendly attitude and be respectful of other's opinions. The Community Forums are a professional community; comments that are disrespectful to others or otherwise violate what we believe are appropriate standards for professional and civil discussion may be deleted.
• Give back. Each time you find help or answers on the forums, please try to help someone else out in return by responding to another’s post. Each and every member of our community has something to contribute.
• Be patient. This is a peer support community where our members often have multiple responsibilities, so it may take a little time for people to notice and respond to your request.
Director of Informatics