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Mission of the Community of Practice

The NSSP CoP serves the needs and interests of the 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 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. Promote collaborative projects and communication between community members
  3. Promote sharing of SyS data among community members (where appropriate and state/local laws allow)
  4. Increased sharing of 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.


The overall goals of the NSSP CoP include the following:

  1. Build a strong community of geographically distributed members with access to tools that promote member interaction, recognition, and collaborative efforts.
  2. Increase greater understanding of the utility and application of SyS through the sharing of best practices and success stories.
  3. Provide opportunities for cross-jurisdictional data sharing and collaborations in response to routine and emerging public health threats
  4. Improve the use of timely, accurate, representative, and automated data to inform public health decision making with local, state, and national stakeholders.


In addition to the overall goals of the NSSP CoP, each year the SC will identify goals/projects that represent the priority of the NSSP CoP for the coming year. These shall be shared with the community during the annual NSSP CoP member meeting in January (at the Annual ISDS Conference) and will help direct community activities.


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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