May 13, 2019
Over the past several years, in the face of declining funding for general public health informatics and preparedness activities, International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) has been increasingly challenged in securing operational funds. Facing decreasing reserve funds, the ISDS Board of Directors has recommended that ISDS end its operations and create a plan to use the remaining reserve funds to help other organizations carry forward the ISDS mission. Accordingly, in the same April 17 Board meeting, the Board members voted to not host a 2020 scientific conference. We would like to thank our members for many years of collaboration and a particularly strong 2019 conference.
The mission of ISDS is to advance the science and practice of health surveillance worldwide and you have all played a critical role in that work. ISDS created a unique space where local, state, national, and global members shared their research and best practices on health surveillance. We are proud to see other agencies have adopted our approach, whether by incorporating international perspectives or enhancing technical expertise in syndromic surveillance. This is evidence that ISDS has succeeded in accomplishing its mission – something every member can be proud of as we sunset the association.
At this time, the ISDS Staff and Board of Directors are working on a proposal to transfer resources and remaining funds to other organizations to carry forward the ISDS mission.The proposal will be shared with the members within the next two months. Voting members will be asked to cast their official vote to approve the plan and dissolution. We recognize these decisions are difficult to make, however, the Board encourages voting members to approve the proposal upon distribution to the membership. ISDS is working with legal counsel to follow the required steps for dissolution and transfer of resources and activities. We will offer more information in the near future. For any urgent questions regarding this announcement, please email Shandy Dearth.
Shandy Dearth, MPH
P. Joseph Gibson, MPH, PhD