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ISDS manages a number of groups spanning multiple domains of health surveillance practice and research. Scroll down below to find a snapshot of the current ISDS Group Organization as well as descriptions of the various group types available. 

Read more about how our groups are organized and managed by downloading our official Group Document, ver. 1.7 (last updated August 8, 2018).

Need help finding a Group? Go to the Find a Group page to find a group to join. Looking for a group you are already a member of? Go to your Groups page.



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Chapters are groups that have a primary geographic focus or orientation. They are formed when concentration and interest in the discussion within the group relates to specific regions of a city, state or country.


Committees are smaller groups, structured groups of participants organized around a specific functional ares, i.e. NSSP CoP Steering Committee, Research Committee, Data Quality Committee, etc. These groups are not generally open for community-wide input and discussion.

Community Groups

Community Groups are ongoing groups of members organized around a broad area of common interest, i.e. the R Group for Biosurveillance. Community Groups are less structured. For example, some might include a monthly call with planned content and open discussion that will include practice presentations and updates from related workgroups, while another might simply utilize the forums to facilitate discussion among group members (i.e. ESSENCE User Group).


Workgroups are smaller groups, specifically task oriented with a start date and an end date. They have set deliverables and a timeline for achieving those goals. They include a point-person who is responsible for following up about the deliverables.

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