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Mission of the Community of Practice

The NSSP CoP serves the needs and interests of the Syndromic Surveillance (SyS) community through leveraging the expertise and resources of its members; and strengthens health surveillance capabilities nationwide by advancing SyS practice and the utilization of SyS platforms (including the NSSP BioSense Platform). 


Vision for the Community of Practice

The approach utilized by the NSSP CoP for addressing a broad, complex, strategic issue such as increasing the quality, utility, and availability of syndromic surveillance data requires skilled facilitation of the community. The defined approach relies on providing opportunities for members to learn from one another, collaborate on common issues/challenges, and keep members informed of local, regional, national and international initiatives and emerging trends in the practice community.

The intent of the NSSP CoP is to support open and dynamic participation of any individual or organization working on/or interested in increasing the quality, utility, and availability of syndromic surveillance data. The activities of the community are based on an analysis of issues and learning needs identified through surveys, synthesis of information from stakeholders, funders and partners, and conversations with the members. Key to this approach in facilitating a community is to have routine communication with the members. This involves assessing members’ integration efforts, understanding what the issues and challenges are and translating this information into opportunities for knowledge creation and knowledge transfer.

The vision of the NSSP CoP includes the following:

  1. Increased availability of SyS training, learning and knowledge-sharing events for SyS community members 
  2. Confidence and trust among community members in the utility of SyS data
  3. Increased sharing of SyS data among community members (where appropriate and state/local laws allow)
  4. Common strategies, products, and best practices to mitigate or to address the identified obstacles with cross-jurisdictional data sharing


Goals of the Community of Practice

The NSSP CoP has an overarching goal to harness the energy and expertise of individuals in the SyS community to better serve their professional development, organizational capabilities in surveillance, and the health of the American population. Initially, the NSSP CoP will focus on building a strong community of geographically distributed members with access to tools that promote member interaction, recognition, and collaborative efforts. Through the sharing of best practices and success stories, the community will foster a greater understanding of the utility of SyS and demonstrate an increased application of SyS systems and knowledge by adding to the evidence base of SyS practice. Additionally, the NSSP CoP will provide opportunities for cross-jurisdictional data sharing and collaborations in response to routine and emerging public health threats leading to improvements in the use of timely, accurate, representative, and automated data inform public health decision making with local, state, and national stakeholders.



Download and read a copy of the full NSSP Community of Practice Charter here.

You are invited to share your comments on the NSSP CoP Charter with the NSSP CoP Steering Committee. Click here to submit your comments.


View additional information about Communities of Practice here

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance, has awarded the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) a three-year cooperative agreement to develop, implement, and maintain a community of practice for CDC's National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP).

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