Deborah Gould (CDC) gave an update on the 7 new sites that will be on boarding with NSSP this fall. These include Oklahoma, Texas (Regions 5 & 6), Wyoming, Delaware, and Yolo County and Long Beach in California.
ISDS provided an overview of the changes to the website that went into effect in early September. You can find a comprehensive review of those changes here.
Topic of the month: Suicide & Surveillance - Syndrome Development
Rasneet Kumar (Maricopa County, AZ) gave an overview from the Syndrome Definition Committee on the development of the Self-Harm and Suicide-Related Syndrome which is currently available in the CC and DD Category of ESSENCE as well as the Surveillance Knowledge Repository.
Julia Gunn (Boston, MA) shared the efforts that Boston is continuing to pursue to use emergency department data to evaluate suicide attempts, including ongoing efforts to ensure data quality, proper ICD-10 coding, and develop the situational awareness needed to correctly interpret this data.
Kristin Holland (CDC - Division of Violence Prevention) shared some of the implications of this work for looking at national trend data and discussed how it has led to the development of predictive machine learning filters.
Social Media Surveillance Discussion
There was a lot of interest in learning more about work being done using social media for routine automated surveillance. Mauricio Santillana and Mike Conway shared work being done using Twitter for Flu Surveillance.